Court of Session
Four new pieces of guidance have been published by the Court of Session commercial judges. An updated guidance note for practitioners in commercial actions (which replaced the previous guidance issued in March 2017) came into force on 4 February. In addition separate guidance notes on enforcement of adjudication awards, recovery of documents in commercial actions and dispensing with certain of the court's usual requirements were also issued in January.
The Court of Session is now listing information about upcoming appeals on its website. The information will include case details, case summaries and links to first instance decisions where these are available.
Simple procedure expenses
The Scottish Parliament's Justice Committee has recommended that the draft Sheriff Court Simple Procedure (Limits on Award of Expenses) Amendment Order be approved. It will amend the current 2016 order by raising the value of claims in which no expenses are awardable from £200 to £300 and increasing the lower figure for capped expense of £150 to £300.
New Act of Sederunt
The Act of Sederunt (Computer Evidence in the Sheriff Court)(Revocation) 2019 will come into force on 5 March 2019. It repeals The Act of Sederunt (Computer Evidence in the Sheriff Court) 1969 and the Act of Sederunt (Computer Evidence in the Sheriff Court Amendment) so far as still in force.