Introduction to legal action in Scotland
This section is a basic introduction to the Scottish legal system, it looks at its origins and the current court structure. It outlines which courts hear which cases, what type of judge presides over them and who can represent the parties.
This section outlines the three main sources of Scots law.
This section outlines the different types of Scottish courts.
This section explains the different civil courts and their hierarchy.
This section explains the different criminal courts and their hierarchy.
This section outlines the jurisdiction of the European courts.
This section outlines the reasons behind court or procedure selection.
If a hearing is in chambers it means that it takes place either in the judge's room or in closed court.
In all courts parties may speak for themselves or they may have a legal representative acting on their behalf. Who that legal representative can be varies depending on the court.
Last updated: 29 December 2014