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Stage 1 evidence to the Justice Committee on the Scottish Civil Justice Council and Criminal Legal Assistance Bill

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.

Lauren Wood
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August 2012
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