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Legal Profession and Legal Aid (Scotland) Act (asp 5) which received Royal Assent on 19 January 2007

Section 14: Determination under section 9(1) or taking of steps under section 10(2): effect in relation to proceedings

34.Section 14 provides that neither a determination upholding a complaint under section 9(1) nor a decision by the Commission to take any of the steps in relation to redress under section 10(2) may be founded upon in any court proceedings. In other words, when the Commission upholds a complaint, the Commission’s decision or determination cannot subsequently be relied upon as proving in court any aspect of the original complaint.

35.Any award of compensation by the Commission is not to prejudice the right of the complainer to take court proceedings against the practitioner for damages in respect of any loss which the complainer alleges he or she has suffered. Any amount awarded by the Commission may however be taken into account in the computation of any award of damages made to the complainer in any such proceedings.

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