Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) welcomes the establishment of a Scottish Civil Justice Council (SCJC) as a body ensuring the effective operation of the civil justice system.
In 2011/2012, there were 5,500 representations made by Citizens Advice Bureaux on behalf of clients including Bureaux staff and legal clinics. The Citizens Advice Mediation project successfully mediated over 80% of the cases referred to them by the Sheriffs in Edinburgh Sheriff Court. These referrals represent 90% of the civil business in Edinburgh Sheriff Court. As an organisation who represents clients in the civil justice system we have commented only on the civil provisions of the Bill.