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VIRTUAL SHERIFF COURT

By SLAS Spokesperson

The Sheriff Court Rules Council has issued a consultation paper which can be found at www.scotcourts.gov.uk click on "what's new" to which, however, responses were requested by 15th November 2004 but, no doubt, views can be submitted at any time. The consultation paper recommends the electronic transmission, lodging and storage of the principal process papers, including interlocutors and some warrants and the removal of the necessity of manual signature. In relation to Summary Cause and Small Claims, non Proof Hearings would generally be conducted electronically at a centralised virtual court and the Sheriff Clerk would serve all actions. Views are invited as to the advantages and disadvantages of these proposals and on certain other aspects of the paper. Full details of the proposals and consultation questions can be found at www.scotcourts.gov.uk, click on "whats new".

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