The total number of civil law cases initiated in Scottish courts is at its lowest in the past 5 years, according to the latest civil justice statistics published by Scotland’s chief statistician. Changes in types of borrowing, settlements out of court and perceived lower chances of recovering money are thought to be among the possible causes for the drop in cases brought to court.
In particular, the number of debt cases being considered by Scottish courts has also fallen for the 5th year running, with a drop of 46% since 2008-09.
Divorces also continued their downward trend with a 1% reduction on the previous year resulting in 9,600 divorces in 2013-14.
And for the first time, the number of dissolutions saw a decline with 61 granted in 2013-14 compared to 67 in 2012-13.
The Scottish Crime and Justice Survey depicts that nearly one in four adults has experienced at least one civil law problem in the last 3 years. The most common being: disputes with neighbours, followed by problems with faulty goods and services, then money and debt.
Although civil law cases raised at the Court of Session in 2013-14 were down 2% compared to the previous year, the number of cases raised at the Sheriff Courts – which account for 94% of civil law cases – was virtually unchanged from 2012-13.
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