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  1. Introductory Text

  2. 1.Citation and commencement

  3. 2.Rules of the Court of Session

  4. 3.Amendments, repeals, revocations and savings

  5. Signature

    1. SCHEDULE 1

      POWERS UNDER AND BY VIRTUE OF WHICH THIS ACT OF SEDERUNT IS MADE

    2. SCHEDULE 2

      THE RULES OF THE COURT OF SESSION 1994

      1. Preliminary

        1. CHAPTER 1 CITATION, APPLICATION, INTERPRETATION AND FORMS

          1. 1.1.Citation

          2. 1.2.Application

          3. 1.3.Interpretation etc.

          4. 1.4.Forms

        2. CHAPTER 2 RELIEF FROM COMPLIANCE WITH RULES

          1. 2.1.Relief for failure to comply with rules

      2. General and administration

        1. CHAPTER 3 OFFICES OF THE COURT

          1. 3.1.Office of Court

          2. 3.2.General Department

          3. 3.3.Petition Department

          4. 3.4.Rolls Department

          5. 3.5.Extracts Department

          6. 3.6.Teind Office

          7. 3.6A.Registers kept by the Court

          8. 3.7.The Auditor

        2. CHAPTER 4 THE PROCESS

          1. 4.1.Form, size, etc., of documents forming the process

          2. 4.2.Signature of documents

          3. 4.3.Lodgings of processes

          4. 4.4.Steps of process

          5. 4.5.Productions

          6. 4.6.Intimation of steps of process

          7. 4.7.Lodging of documents in Inner House causes

          8. 4.8.Copies of documents for use of court

          9. 4.9.Documents ordered or allowed to be lodged

          10. 4.10.Receipt of documents

          11. 4.11.Documents not to be borrowed

          12. 4.12.Borrowing and returning documents

          13. 4.13.Finally extracted processes not to be borrowed

          14. 4.14.Lost documents

          15. 4.15.Outer House interlocutors

          16. 4.16.Inner House interlocutors

        3. CHAPTER 5 CAVEATS

          1. 5.1.Orders against which caveats may be lodged

          2. 5.2.Form, lodging and renewal of caveats

        4. CHAPTER 6 THE ROLLS

          1. 6.1.Printing and publishing of rolls

          2. 6.2.Fixing and allocation of diets in Outer House

          3. 6.3.Allocation of diets in Inner House

          4. 6.4.Putting out causes for proof, jury trial or hearing

        5. CHAPTER 7 EXTRACTS AND OFFICIAL CERTIFIED COPY INTERLOCUTORS

          1. 7.1.Applications for extracts

          2. 7.2.Extracts of decrees in certain family actions

          3. 7.3.Amendments to principal writ

          4. 7.4.Return of steps of process and borrowing productions

          5. 7.5.Decrees for payment in foreign currency

          6. 7.6.Decrees of adjudication

          7. 7.7.Interest

          8. 7.8.Fees for extracts to be included in extracts

          9. 7.9.Form of extracts

          10. 7.10.Warrants for execution

          11. 7.11.Official certified copy interlocutors

        6. CHAPTER 8 TAXES ON MONEY UNDER CONTROL OF THE COURT

          1. 8.1.Certificates by officer of Inland Revenue

        7. CHAPTER 9 COURT RECORDS

          1. 9.1.Transmission of records

          2. 9.2.Retransmission of processes to Office of Court

        8. CHAPTER 10 SITTINGS OF THE COURT

          1. 10.1.Session and terms of court

          2. 10.2.Sederunt days

          3. 10.3.Sittings during term

          4. 10.4.Sittings during session outwith terms

          5. 10.5.Sittings during vacation

          6. 10.6.Lord Ordinary in Exchequer Causes

          7. 10.7.Hearing of commercial actions

        9. CHAPTER 11 VACATION JUDGE

          1. 11.1.Powers of vacation judge

        10. CHAPTER 12 ASSESSORS

          1. 12.1.Summoning of assessors

          2. 12.2.Consignation of money for fees of assessors

          3. 12.3.Motions to summon assessors

          4. 12.4.Copies of pleadings for use of assessors

          5. 12.5.Selection of assessors

          6. 12.6.Number of assessors

          7. 12.7.Skilled witnesses where assessors summoned

          8. 12.8.Note of questions submitted to assessors

          9. 12.9.Remuneration of assessors

      3. Initiation and progress of proceedings

        1. CHAPTER 13 SUMMONSES, NOTICE, WARRANTS AND CALLING

          1. 13.1.Initiation of causes by summons

          2. 13.2.Form of summonses

          3. 13.3.Address of defender

          4. 13.4.Period of notice in summonses

          5. 13.5.Signeting

          6. 13.6.Warrants in summonses

          7. 13.7.Service and intimation of summonses

          8. 13.8.Warrants after signeting

          9. 13.9.Effect of warrants for inhibition on dependence

          10. 13.10.Recall etc. of arrestment or inhibition

          11. 13.11.Movement of arrested property

          12. 13.12.Intimation of actions relating to heritable property

          13. 13.13.Calling

          14. 13.14.Protestation for not calling summons

        2. CHAPTER 14 PETITIONS

          1. 14.1.Application of this Chapter

          2. 14.2.Applications by petition in the Outer House

          3. 14.3.Applications by petition in the Inner House

          4. 14.4.Form of petitions

          5. 14.5.First order in petitions

          6. 14.6.Period of notice for lodging answers

          7. 14.7.Intimation and service of petitions

          8. 14.8.Procedure where answers lodged

          9. 14.9.Unopposed petitions

        3. CHAPTER 15 APPLICATIONS BY MINUTE OR NOTE

          1. 15.1.Applications by minute

          2. 15.2.Applications by note

        4. CHAPTER 16 SERVICE, INTIMATION AND DILIGENCE

          1. PART I

            SERVICE AND INTIMATION

            1. 16.1.Methods and manner of service

            2. 16.2.Service furth of United Kingdom

            3. 16.3.Service by messenger-at-arms

            4. 16.4.Service by post

            5. 16.5.Service where address of person is not known

            6. 16.6.Translations of documents served or advertised abroad

            7. 16.7.Intimation of documents

            8. 16.8.Intimation on a warrant to intimate

            9. 16.9.Written intimation

            10. 16.10.Acceptance of service or intimation and dispensing with period of notice

            11. 16.11.No objection to regularity of service or intimation

          2. PART II

            DILIGENCE

            1. 16.12.Execution of diligence

            2. 16.13.Arrestment of ships and arrestment in rem of cargo on board ship

            3. 16.14.Arrestment of cargo

            4. 16.15.Forms for diligence

        5. CHAPTER 17 APPEARANCE IN ACTIONS

          1. 17.1.Entering appearance

          2. 17.2.Appearance not to imply acceptance of jurisdiction

        6. CHAPTER 18 DEFENCES AND ANSWERS

          1. 18.1.Form and lodging of defences

          2. 18.2.Contesting jurisdiction

          3. 18.3.Answers

        7. CHAPTER 19 DECREES IN ABSENCE

          1. 19.1.Decrees in absence

          2. 19.2.Recall of decrees in absence

        8. CHAPTER 20 DECREES BY DEFAULT

          1. 20.1.Decrees where party in default

        9. CHAPTER 21 SUMMARY DECREES

          1. 21.1.Application of this Chapter

          2. 21.2.Applications for summary decree

          3. 21.3.Application of summary decree to counterclaims etc.

        10. CHAPTER 22 MAKING UP AND CLOSING RECORDS

          1. 22.1.Making up open record

          2. 22.2.Adjustment

          3. 22.3.Closing record

          4. 22.4.Orders for notes of argument

        11. CHAPTER 23 MOTIONS

          1. 23.1.Interpretation of this Chapter

          2. 23.2.Enrolment of motions

          3. 23.3.Intimation of motions

          4. 23.4.Opposition to motions

          5. 23.5.Consent to motions

          6. 23.6.Hearing of motions

          7. 23.7.Motions in session outwith a term or in vacation

          8. 23.8.Motions by pursuer before calling or petitioner before first order

          9. 23.9.Motions where caveat lodged

          10. 23.10.Motions by defender or other person before calling

          11. 23.11.Statutory applications by motion

          12. 23.12.Expenses of motions

          13. 23.13.Conditions attached to granting of motions

          14. 23.14.Appearance by solicitor for certain motions

        12. CHAPTER 24 AMENDMENT OF PLEADINGS

          1. 24.1.Powers of court

          2. 24.2.Applications to amend

          3. 24.3.Service of amended pleadings

          4. 24.4.Expenses and conditions of amendment

          5. 24.5.Effect of amendment on diligence

        13. CHAPTER 25 COUNTERCLAIMS

          1. 25.1.Counterclaims

          2. 25.2.Warrants for diligence on counterclaims

          3. 25.3.Answers to counterclaims

          4. 25.4.Effect of abandonment of action

          5. 25.5.Proof or jury trial of counterclaims

          6. 25.6.Interlocutors in respect of counterclaims

        14. CHAPTER 26 THIRD PARTY PROCEDURE

          1. 26.1.Applications for third party notice

          2. 26.2.Averments where order for service of third party notice sought

          3. 26.3.Warrants for diligence on third party notice

          4. 26.4.Service on third party

          5. 26.5.Answers to third party notice

          6. 26.6.Consequences of failure to lodge answers

          7. 26.7.Procedure following answers

        15. CHAPTER 27 DOCUMENTS FOUNDED ON OR ADOPTED IN PLEADINGS

          1. 27.1.Lodging of documents founded on or adopted

          2. 27.2.Consequences of failure to lodge documents founded on or adopted

        16. CHAPTER 28 PROCEDURE ROLL

          1. 28.1.Hearings on procedure roll

        17. CHAPTER 28A NOTICES TO ADMIT AND NOTICES OF NON-ADMISSION

          1. 28A.1.Notices to admit and notices of non-admission

          2. 28A.2.Consequences of failure to intimate notice of non-admission

        18. CHAPTER 29 ABANDONMENT

          1. 29.1.Abandonment of actions

          2. 29.2.Application of abandonment of actions to counterclaims

          3. 29.3.Abandonment of petitions, minutes and notes

        19. CHAPTER 30 WITHDRAWAL OF AGENTS

          1. 30.1.Intimation of withdrawal of agent to court

          2. 30.2.Intimation to party whose agent has withdrawn

          3. 30.3.Consequences of failure to intimate intention to proceed

        20. CHAPTER 31 MINUTES OF SIST AND TRANSFERENCE

          1. 31.1.Minutes of sist

          2. 31.2.Minutes of transference

        21. CHAPTER 32 TRANSMISSION AND REMIT OF CAUSES

          1. 32.1.Remits to sheriff court

          2. 32.2.Transmissions on contingency

          3. 32.3.Intimation of receipt of process transmitted from sheriff court

          4. 32.4.Lodging of process and motion for further procedure

          5. 32.5.Reponing against failure to comply with rule 32.4(1) or (2)

          6. 32.6.Insistence in remit by another party

          7. 32.7.Re-transmission to sheriff clerk

        22. CHAPTER 33 CAUTION AND SECURITY

          1. 33.1.Application of this Chapter

          2. 33.2.Form of applications

          3. 33.3.Orders to find caution or other security

          4. 33.4.Methods of finding caution or giving security

          5. 33.5.Cautioners and guarantors

          6. 33.6.Form of bonds of caution and other securities

          7. 33.7.Sufficiency of caution or security and objections

          8. 33.8.Juratory caution

          9. 33.9.Insolvency or death of cautioner or guarantor

          10. 33.10.Failure to find caution or give security

          11. 33.11.Interlocutors authorising uplifting of consignation receipts

          12. 33.12.Accountant of Court

        23. CHAPTER 34 REPORTS TO INNER HOUSE

          1. 34.1.Report by Lord Ordinary to Inner House

          2. 34.2.Fixing hearings for reports

          3. 34.3.Disposal of reports

        24. CHAPTER 34A PURSUERS' OFFERS

          1. 34A.1.Application and interpretation of this Chapter

          2. 34A.2.Offers to settle

          3. 34A.3.Protection of offers from disclosure

          4. 34A.4.Withdrawal or expiry of offers

          5. 34A.5.Acceptance of offers

          6. 34A.6.Consequences of failure to accept an offer to settl

        25. CHAPTER 35 RECOVERY OF EVIDENCE

          1. 35.1.Application and interpretation of this Chapter

          2. 35.2.Applications for commission and diligence for recovery of documents or for orders under section 1 of the Act of 1972

          3. 35.3.Optional procedure before executing commission and diligence

          4. 35.3A.Optional procedure where there is a party litigant or confidentiality is claimed

          5. 35.4.Execution of commission and diligence for recovery of documents

          6. 35.5.Execution of orders for production or recovery of documents or other property under section 1(1) of the Act of 1972

          7. 35.6.Execution of orders for inspection etc. of documents or other property under section 1(1) of the Act of 1972

          8. 35.7.Execution of orders for preservation etc. of documents or other property under section 1(1) of the Act of 1972

          9. 35.8.Confidentiality

          10. 35.9.Warrants for production of original documents from public records

          11. 35.10.Warrants for transmission of processes

          12. 35.11.Commissions for examination of witnesses

          13. 35.12.Commissions on interrogatories

          14. 35.13.Commissions without interrogatories

          15. 35.14.Evidence taken on commission

          16. 35.15.Letters of request

        26. CHAPTER 36 PROOFS

          1. 36.1.Hearing parts of proof separately

          2. 36.2.Citation of witnesses

          3. 36.3.Lodging productions

          4. 36.4.Copy productions

          5. 36.5.Returning borrowed documents before proof

          6. 36.6.Notices to admit and notices of non-admission

          7. 36.7.Admissions by parties

          8. 36.8.Conditions for receiving certain written statements in evidence

          9. 36.9.Attendance, and lists, of witnesses

          10. 36.10.Administration of oath or affirmation to witnesses

          11. 36.11.Recording of evidence

          12. 36.12.Finality of decision on sufficiency of stamp

          13. 36.13.Death, disability, retiral, etc., of Lord Ordinary

        27. CHAPTER 37 JURY TRIALS

          1. 37.1.Applications for jury trial

          2. 37.2.Citation of jurors

          3. 37.3.Ineligibility for, and excusal from, jury service

          4. 37.4.Application of certain rules relating to proofs

          5. 37.5.Failure of party to appear at jury trial

          6. 37.5A.Recording of proceedings at jury trial

          7. 37.6.Administration of oath or affirmation to jurors

          8. 37.7.Exceptions to judge’s charge

          9. 37.8.Further questions for jury

          10. 37.9.Verdicts

          11. 37.10.Application of verdicts

        28. CHAPTER 38 RECLAIMING

          1. 38.1.Interpretation of this Chapter

          2. 38.2.Reclaiming

          3. 38.3.Reclaiming days

          4. 38.4.Leave to reclaim etc. in certain cases

          5. 38.5.Applications for leave to reclaim

          6. 38.6.Method of reclaiming

          7. 38.7.Leave to reclaim out of time

          8. 38.7A.Required application for early disposal of certain reclaiming motions

          9. 38.8.Effect of reclaiming

          10. 38.9.Effect of extracted interlocutor

          11. 38.10.Appeals treated as reclaiming motions

          12. 38.11.Reclaiming against decree by default

          13. 38.12.Reclaiming against interlocutor adjusting issues

          14. 38.13.Early disposal of reclaiming motion

          15. 38.14.Objections to competency of reclaiming motion

          16. 38.15.Procedure where no objection to competency

          17. 38.16.Grounds of appeal in reclaiming motions

          18. 38.17.Orders for hearing

          19. 38.18.Reclaiming prints

          20. 38.19.Lodging of appendices in reclaiming motions

          21. 38.20.Notes of evidence not extended when agreed

          22. 38.21.Amendment of pleadings in reclaiming motions

        29. CHAPTER 39 APPLICATIONS FOR NEW TRIAL OR TO ENTER JURY VERDICTS

          1. 39.1.Applications for new trial

          2. 39.2.Applications out of time

          3. 39.3.Objections to competency of application

          4. 39.4.Procedure where no objections to competency

          5. 39.5.Lodging of appendix

          6. 39.6.Applications to enter jury verdict

        30. CHAPTER 40 APPEALS FROM INFERIOR COURTS

          1. 40.1.Application and interpretation of this Chapter

          2. 40.2.Applications for leave to appeal from inferior court

          3. 40.3.Determination of applications for leave to appeal from inferior court

          4. 40.4.Time and method of appeal

          5. 40.5.Leave to appeal out of time

          6. 40.6.Transmission of appeal process

          7. 40.7.Procedure following transmission of appeal process

          8. 40.7A.Required application for early disposal of appeal against interlocutor other than final judgment

          9. 40.8.Sist of process of appeal

          10. 40.9.Appeals deemed abandoned

          11. 40.10.Reponing against deemed abandonment

          12. 40.11.Early disposal of appeal

          13. 40.12.Objections to competency of appeals

          14. 40.13.Procedure where no objection to competency of appeal

          15. 40.14.Grounds of appeal

          16. 40.15.Orders for hearing of appeal

          17. 40.16.Appeal prints

          18. 40.17.Lodging of appendices in appeals

          19. 40.18.Notes of evidence not extended when agreed in appeals

          20. 40.19.Amendment of pleadings in appeals

          21. 40.20.Referral to family mediation in appeals from sheriff court

        31. CHAPTER 41 APPEALS UNDER STATUTE

          1. PART I

            GENERAL PROVISIONS

            1. 41.1.Application and interpretation of this Chapter

            2. 41.2.Applications for leave to appeal

            3. 41.3.Determination of applications for leave to appeal

          2. PART II

            APPEALS BY STATED CASE ETC.

            1. 41.4.Application and interpretation of this Part

            2. 41.5.Applications for case

            3. 41.6.Additional questions by other parties

            4. 41.7.Consideration of application by tribunal

            5. 41.8.Procedure for ordaining tribunal to state a case

            6. 41.9.Preparation and issue of the case

            7. 41.10.Intimation of intention to proceed

            8. 41.11.Lodging of case in court

            9. 41.12.Abandonment of appeal

            10. 41.13.Reponing against deemed abandonment

            11. 41.14.Procedure on abandonment

            12. 41.15.Motions for hearing of appeals

            13. 41.16.Amendment or re-statement of case

            14. 41.17.Remit to reporter

          3. PART III

            APPEALS IN FORM 41.19

            1. 41.18.Application of this Part

            2. 41.19.Form of appeal

            3. 41.20.Lodging of appeal in court

            4. 41.21.Orders for service and answers

            5. 41.22.Motion for further procedure

          4. PART IV

            EXCHEQUER APPEALS

            1. 41.23.Revenue appeals by stated case

            2. 41.24.Revenue appeals from Special Commissioners

            3. 41.25.Appeals relating to penalties

            4. 41.26.Appeals relating to certain determinations of the Commissioners of Inland Revenue

          5. PART V

            APPEALS UNDER THE