All-Scotland Sheriff Personal Injury Court  

with National Jurisdiction

ASSPIC second weekly PI Procedural Court (WebEx)

From June 2024

As you may be aware, the sheriffs in ASSPIC and court administration have been looking at additional resources (a) in response to the increasing business and (b) to improve the efficiency of the court, particularly hearings for opposed motions. This is an ongoing process.

As a first stage, I am delighted to inform you that ASSPIC is to commence a second weekly PI Procedural Court (WebEx) from Thursday 13 June 2024 (1000 and 1400). This is to be a permanent second PI Procedural Court every week.

The present intention is that the second court will have a mix of procedural business and opposed motions as for the current PI Procedural Court. PG case management hearings will continue to be allocated primarily to the Monday court, unless otherwise requested by parties.

The next PIUG meeting is on 28 May 2024, prior to the commencement of the additional procedural court, and ASSPIC users may wish to approach a member of the group with any concerns queries which they can raise on their behalf at the meeting or indeed any subsequent meetings.

Sheriff Robert Fife

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The All-Scotland Sheriff Personal Injury Court was established on 22nd September 2015 out of the recommendations of the Report of the Scottish Civil Courts Review, led by Lord Gill. A key element of the new Court is the quick and efficient disposal of motions by electronic means, allowing for email intimation and submission of motions and interlocutors. It also provides clerks of court with a quasi-judicial function to consider and grant motions of a common and straightforward nature. Regular practitioners of the Court of Session will recognise this approach as nearly identical to the highly successful scheme established with the formation of the Court of Session Court Motions Team in 2010.

The procedures of the All-Scotland Sheriff Personal Injury Court are available to legal practitioners throughout Scotland, including individuals acting on their own behalf. Where every party to a cause is represented by a solicitor, the electronic motions procedure will apply unless a solicitor declares to the Sheriff Clerk that they do not have suitable facilities for transacting motion business by email.

The sheriffs appointed to hear cases in the All-Scotland Sheriff Personal Injury Court are:

Sheriff Robert Fife

Sheriff Kenneth Campbell KC

Sheriff Christopher Dickson

Sheriff Douglas Keir

Sheriff Iain Nicol

Sheriff Alistair Noble

In line with the current procedure of the local Sheriff Court at Edinburgh, when an action has settled, agents (usually the pursuers' agents) should lodge a completed Personal Injury Action Settled  (PIAS) form with the Personal Injury Clerk, preferably by e-mail to Guidance Notes relating to the form are attached. Use of the form should reduce the need for unnecessary 'by order' hearings when actions have settled and should avoid agents having to appear to discharge proofs In order to join the electronic motions procedure please refer to the following guidance.
Please note that all motions must be sent to

Download a copy of the form of motion (G6A) or form of opposition (G9A).

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