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Sheriff Appeal Court - Civil

Parliament House, Edinburgh

The Sheriff Appeal Court (Civil) commenced in 2016, as part of the Scottish Civil Courts Reforms.

It hears appeals against sheriff court cases. In Chapter 7 Procedure, the appeal is normally heard by three appeal sheriffs sitting in Parliament House, Edinburgh, while in Chapter 8 Procedure cases the appeal is normally heard by one appeal sheriff in the court where the action originated. Whether cases are heard under Chapter 7 or Chapter 8 Procedure is set by a number of factors including the significance of the appeal, its complexity and the novelty of the points raised. It is possible to request Urgent Disposal of the appeal regardless of whether the appeal will be heard under Chapters 7 or 8.
**In terms of the response to the Coronavirus pandemic all civil Sheriff Appeal Court hearings will be heard remotely (by Cisco Webex videoconference) unless the Court directs otherwise**

Contact details for the Sheriff Appeal Court administrative centre are:

Sheriff Appeal Court
Parliament House
Parliament Square
Edinburgh
EH1 1RQ

DX number 549306, Edinburgh 36

Telephone number 0131 240 6945


E-Motions

Email is the default method for lodging motions in the court.

To be able to use this facility, a single email address, to be registered with the Court, must be provided to SACmotions@scotcourts.gov.uk

Information on registering for E-Motions

Contact

For enquiries relating to the Sheriff Appeal Court please call 0131 240 6945 in the first instance or to arrange an appointment. Any queries regarding the Sheriff Appeal Court (Civil) can also be emailed to SAC.civil@scotcourts.gov.uk 

Procedural Hearings under Chapter 7 Procedure

Procedural hearings will be assigned by the Court without the requirement of input from parties or their agents.

**Coronavirus update**

Guidance with effect from 25 April 2022

Part 1 of Schedule 4 to the Coronavirus (Scotland) Act 2020 enables the use of electronic signatures and electronic transmission of court documents. Where a document requires to be signed, electronic signature will be accepted by the Court in accordance with Schedule 4. Part 1 of Schedule 4 also suspends the requirement for physical attendance at court. All civil hearings in the Sheriff Appeal Court will be conducted remotely until further notice. Unless the Court directs otherwise.
 
All documents, including new notes of appeal should be lodged by e-mail to SAC.civil@scotcourts.gov.uk. Any electronic document will be deemed to have been lodged with the Court on the date when the e-mail with the document is received at the aforementioned e-mail address. This email inbox will be monitored during working hours. Urgent matters will be prioritised. Non-urgent matters may take longer than usual to be progressed at this time. No document should be sent by post or via document exchange until further notice.

No hard copy document will be accepted unless the Court has made a specific order, such as in relation to the fixing of an in-person or hybrid hearing. This relates to documents submitted by post, document exchange or at a public counter by parties or their representatives.

The Sheriff Appeal Court procedural court will proceed on a remote basis by using Cisco Webex Meetings software unless the Court directs otherwise. Substantive appeal hearings will take place by way of Cisco Webex (Events) software unless the Court directs otherwise. The clerk's office will contact parties in advance with the necessary information required to join any remote hearing.

Telephone conference facilities will be available as a backup should technical difficulties be encountered and may also be used when the Court so directs.