Consumer advice

Help with Sheriff Court Simple Procedure

In certain cases where the trader does not meet his legal obligations assistance is available to the consumer in the form of a specialist Advisor who will assist with all aspects of pursuing a claim through the sheriff court.

The Simple Procedure in the Sheriff Court is, in the majority of cases, a method of resolving disputes quickly and cheaply.

In practice many consumers can find the procedure confusing. Our Advisors can assist consumers with the forms, advise them on procedural and legal matters and in the case of more vulnerable consumers, represent them in court.

At present the upper limit on claims is £5,000 which does cover a large proportion of consumer purchases.

Further information can be obtained at the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service website.

The cost of raising an action

The fee for raising a simple procedure claim is £100. If your action is a claim for a payment of £200 or less, the fee payable is £18.