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What is a small claim

This advice applies to Scotland

This information applies to Scotland only

From 28 November 2016 you cannot start a claim using the small claims procedure. It is replaced by the simple procedure for any new cases of value up to £5,000.

More about the simple procedure

If you have started a small claim or are defending a small claim raised before 28 November 2016, and it is not yet resolved, you should be aware that the rules that will apply to your case will still be the rules for a small claims action. 

If you need help about small claims rules please go to your local Citizens Advice Bureau - where to get advice, or sheriff court.

If you would like more information about raising or defending a claim under the new simple procedure for consumer issues please see:

More about how to use simple procedure when taking someone to court

A special feature of the small claims procedure and the simple procedure is that in most cases there is a limit to the legal expenses which can be awarded.

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