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Functions and powersS

2Functions of the CouncilS

(1)The functions of the Council are—

(a)to keep the civil justice system under review,

(b)to review the practice and procedure followed in proceedings in the Court of Session and in civil proceedings in[F1the Sheriff Appeal Court or] the sheriff court,

[F2(bb)to review the practice and procedure followed in inquiry proceedings under the Inquiries into Fatal Accidents and Sudden Deaths etc. (Scotland) Act 2016,]

(c)to prepare and submit to the Court of Session—

[F3(i)]draft civil procedure rules,

[F4(ia)draft fees rules,]

[F5(ib)draft inquiry procedure rules,]

(d)to provide advice and make recommendations to the Lord President on the development of, and changes to, the civil justice system, and

(e)to provide such advice on any matter relating to the civil justice system as may be requested by the Lord President.

(2)In carrying out its functions under this Act, the Council must have regard to—

(a)the principles in subsection (3), and

(b)any guidance issued by the Lord President.

(3)The principles are—

(a)the civil justice system should be fair, accessible and efficient,

(b)rules relating to practice and procedure should be as clear and easy to understand as possible,

(c)practice and procedure should, where appropriate, be similar in all civil courts, and

(d)methods of resolving disputes which do not involve the courts should, where appropriate, be promoted.

(4)For the purposes of this Part, “draft civil procedure rules” are draft rules which relate to a matter in subsection (5).

(5)Those matters are—

(a)any matter relating to a court within the remit of the Council which the Court of Session may regulate by act of sederunt,

(b)any matter relating to a court within the remit of the Council in anticipation of the Court of Session being given power to regulate the matter by act of sederunt, or

(c)any matter relating to a proposed court in anticipation of—

(i)the court being established and added to the remit of the Council, and

(ii)the Court of Session being given power to regulate the matter by act of sederunt.

(6)The courts within the remit of the Council are—

(a)the Court of Session, F6...

[F7(aa)the Sheriff Appeal Court, and]

(b)the sheriff court.

[F8(6A) For the purposes of this Part, “ draft fees rules ” means drafts of such provision as the Court of Session may make by act of sederunt under section 105(1) or 106(1) of the Courts Reform (Scotland) Act 2014 (powers to regulate court fees). ]

[F9(6B)For the purposes of this Part, “draft inquiry procedure rules” are draft rules prepared with a view to the making by the Court of Session of an act of sederunt under section 36(1) of the Inquiries into Fatal Accidents and Sudden Deaths etc. (Scotland) Act 2016.]

Textual Amendments

F3Words in s. 2(1)(c)(i) in s. 2(1)(c) renumbered as s. 2(1)(c)(i) (8.1.2016) by Tribunals (Scotland) Act 2014 (asp 10), s. 83(2), Sch. 9 para. 13(2)(b)(i) (with Sch. 9 paras. 4, 6, 8); S.S.I. 2015/422, art. 2

F4S. 2(1)(c)(ia) inserted after s. 2(1)(c)(i) (1.4.2015) by virtue of Courts Reform (Scotland) Act 2014 (asp 18), s. 138(2), Sch. 5 para. 31(2)(a); S.S.I. 2015/77, art. 2(2)(3), Sch.

Commencement Information

I1S. 2 in force at 28.5.2013 by S.S.I. 2013/124, art. 2 (with art. 3)

3Powers of the CouncilS

(1)The Council may take such action as it considers necessary or desirable in pursuance of its functions.

(2)In particular, the Council may—

(a)have regard to proposals for legislative reform which may affect the civil justice system,

(b)have regard to the criminal justice system and its effects on the civil justice system,

(c)consult such persons as it considers appropriate,

(d)co-operate with, and seek the assistance and advice of, such persons as it considers appropriate,

(e)make proposals for research into the civil justice system,

(f)provide advice and make recommendations to the Scottish Ministers on the development of, and changes to, the civil justice system, and

(g)publish any recommendation it makes.

Commencement Information

I2S. 3 in force at 28.5.2013 by S.S.I. 2013/124, art. 2 (with art. 3)

4Court of Session to consider rulesS

(1)The Court of Session must consider any draft civil procedure rules[F10, draft fees rules][F11or draft inquiry procedure rules] submitted to it by the Council and may—

(a)approve the rules,

(b)approve the rules with such modifications as it considers appropriate, or

(c)reject the rules.

(2)Where the Court of Session approves draft civil procedure rules[F12, draft fees rules][F13or draft inquiry procedure rules] (with or without modification) it must embody the approved rules in an act of sederunt.

(3)Nothing in this Part affects the powers of the Court of Session to prepare or make rules—

[F14(a)]which relate to a matter in section 2(5).

[F15(b)under section 105(1) or 106(1) of the Courts Reform (Scotland) Act 2014.]

[F16(c)under section 36(1) of the Inquiries into Fatal Accidents and Sudden Deaths etc. (Scotland) Act 2016.]

5Annual programme and reportS

(1)The Council must prepare an annual plan setting out its objectives and priorities for each yearly period beginning on 1 April before the start of that period (“the programme”).

(2)The Council must prepare an annual report on its activities as soon as reasonably practicable after the end of each yearly period ending on 31 March (“the report”).

(3)The report must include a summary of the recommendations made (if any) by the Council during the period covered by the report.

(4)The Council must lay a copy of the programme and the report before the Scottish Parliament.

(5)In complying with the duty in subsection (4), the Council may combine the programme for the coming year with the report for the ending year.

Commencement Information

I4S. 5 in force at 28.5.2013 by S.S.I. 2013/124, art. 2 (with art. 3)

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