The Scottish legal system
This section explains where Scots law comes from, how it is made and what the courts base their decisions on. It will help you to understand the history of the law in Scotland and how it affects you now. It will also shed some light on how the legal and court systems work on a daily basis.
Scotland has its own legal system. If you're going to court, or considering taking any other form of legal action, it might help to know what the law is based on.
Scots law is divided up into two main catagories called civil law and criminal law. Most housing problems will be dealt with by civil law but this page explains the main differences.
Scots law can be made and changed in several ways. If you're going to court, or considering taking legal action, it might help to know how the law in Scotland is made.
If you've got a housing problem but can't solve it yourself, you might need some help. This page shows you that there are various ways in which the law can help you.
There are several different courts in Scotland. All of them deal with different kinds of cases and have different powers. This page should explain which court is dealing with your case.
If you have an agricultural or crofting tenancy and are in dispute with your landlord over any aspect of the tenancy, you can take your case to the Scottish Land Court to be resolved.
Last updated: 29 December 2014
Housing laws differ between Scotland and England.
This content applies to Scotland only.