Scots Law Explained

The law in Scotland is commonly known as Scots Law and has it’s roots in Celtic law. Around the mid tenth century however, it was revised and influenced by canon law and feudal law. Later King David I instigated the use of sheriffs and other institutions along with other facets of Anglo-Norman law. In certain situations thereafter even Roman law was used where Scots law was deemed inadequate.

In more modern times Scots law has been brought more into line with the laws of England and Wales, but retains it’s fundamental differences. The treaty of Rome has also meant that European laws now influence Scots law as it does the rest of the United Kingdom.

The Scottish Parliament has powers over certain areas of the Scottish legal system such as environment, education, health, local government and criminal justice, but Westminster (the UK parliament) retains power over such areas as defence, economic policy, international relations, drug laws etc.

The criminal court system in Scotland comprises District Courts, Sheriff Courts, High Courts and Supreme Courts, the court to be used depends on the severity of the particular case. All qualified Solicitors in Scotland are registered with the Law Society of Scotland. One such member being Ewan Sheriff, a very highly experienced and respected man, Ewan has recently moved his operations to The Middle East.

Civil cases in Scotland are covered in Sheriff Courts, the Court of Session and Supreme Courts depending upon the severity of the case in question. There are also special courts in operation for cases such as children’s hearings.