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The court system in Scotland is divided into six areas called sheriffdoms. These areas are: Glasgow and Strathkelvin; Grampian, Highland and Islands; Lothian and Borders; North Strathclyde; South Strathclyde, Dumfries and Galloway; and Tayside, Central and Fife. A sheriff principal sits as the administrative head of each sheriffdom. 


Simple Procedure

This is a sheriff court process designed to provide a speedy, inexpensive and informal way to resolve disputes. A claim is made by a claimant against a respondent and the final decision is made by a sheriff or a summary sheriff. Read more.

Solicitor & Solicitor Advocate

In Scotland, this is a qualified and regulated legal practitioner/lawyer who represents clients in the sheriff and justice of the peace courts. They also instruct advocates who represent clients in the Supreme Courts. Solicitors can undertake additional training to quality as a solicitor advocate which allows them to also represent clients in Scotland's Supreme Courts. Solicitors and solicitor advocates do not wear wigs in court. For a fuller description of all the work that solicitors do in Scotland, including outside of court, see the Law Society of Scotland website.

Standing Junior Counsel

Appointed by the Lord Advocate to advise and represent government departments. The Lord Advocate is the senior Law Officer responsible for the prosecution of crime and investigation of deaths in Scotland, and the principal legal adviser to the Scottish Government.