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Scotland’s Specialised Personal Injury Court Continues to Develop Its Personality - Catriona Hepburn, Brodies

29/09/17. The All-Scotland Personal Injury Court (ASPIC) was created in September 2015. Recently its Sheriffs have been taking opportunities to express what they believe the fundamental principles of the court should be.

Two recent decisions from ASPIC on the modification of costs are considered below. They each underline the importance of carrying out investigations as soon as possible and ASPIC’s focus on the swift resolution of the claims brought there.

JEAN ROBERTSON V EDINBURGH CITY COUNCIL

This was a relatively straightforward All-Scotland Personal Injury case which came to court for an argument on costs. Sheriff McGowan used his written decision as an opportunity to emphasise the duty on parties, and their solicitors, to co-operate.

The Sheriff was clear that the duty is...

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