Taking legal action
Taking legal action can be stressful and expensive. It will help if you understand how the legal system works and what kind of help you can get.
These pages explain the different types of courts that make up the legal system and what they are used for.
You can find how if you are entitled to help with costs and who can give legal advice. You can also find information about how to solve your problem without going to court.
Information about the court system, covering civil and criminal courts including an outline of international courts.
Information about Scottish Tribunals that deal with a range of matters outside of the civil court structure and cover hearings and appeals in certain areas of law that are devolved to the Scottish Parliament.
An overview of the types of legal advice and support available if you need help with a legal case and factors to take into consideration before taking legal action.
Information on whether a solicitor is needed to provide legal advice, making a choice, guidelines on costs and complaints procedure.
Information about the simple procedure for civil court actions up to £5,000 that replaces the small claims and summary cause procedures.
Information to explain how to start court action using the simple procedure when the value of the claim is up to £5,000.
Information about how to take court action under the simple procedure for money owed to you or for faulty goods or services.
Information about what to do if someone takes you to court under the simple procedure claiming that you owe them money.
Information about powers of the sheriff in civil legal action below £5,000.
Information about who may be a lay representative and how they can help you prepare and conduct a civil legal case.
Information on the costs of civil court actions up to £5,000 using the simple procedure.
Document covers sources of advice and help with legal costs from publicly funded and other legal help schemes in Scotland.
Information on complaining about court and Scottish Tribunal staff.
Information on the small claims procedure for claims started or in progress before 28 November 2016.
Information on jury service covering who can serve, and rights and duties of jurors.
Document covers the age of criminal responsibility and the rights of young people in relation to the police and in criminal and civil proceedings.