This is a comprehensive guide to the Scottish legal system written in plain English for non-lawyers. It provides an overview of various aspects of the legal system such as: origins and sources of Scots law; the civil and criminal courts; tribunals; the personnel of the law; administration of the Scottish legal system; and, legal aid and protection of the public. The book was originally published in 1997 and this fourth edition has been updated to take account of changes in the law and legal system since February 2004. These include changes to the structure of the criminal courts, increases in sheriff court limits and new complaints handling structures relating to solicitors and advocates. There is also a new chapter on alternative dispute resolution. It is updated to take account of changes in the law and legal system since February 2004.
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