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Civil Justice - Civil Law Statistics in Scotland

High Level Summary of Statistics Trend Last update: Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Civil Justice Statistics in Scotland

There were 81,200 civil law cases initiated across the Court of Session and sheriff courts in 2017-18 (excluding summary applications). This represents an increase of 10% from 2016-17, and is only the second increase in court business levels over the last ten years.

Debt actions remain the most common, constituting 46% of initiated cases. Eviction and Family actions were second and third most common, at 18% and 16% respectively.

The 2017-18 Scottish Crime and Justice Survey shows that nearly three in ten adults were estimated to have experienced at least one civil law problem during the previous three years. The most common type of issues were disputes with neighbours (15%), followed by problems with faulty goods or services (5%), and money and debt issues (4%).

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