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What happens at a civil court case

Last updated: 29 June 2017

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Issues like debt, housing disputes and bankruptcy are called civil cases and are dealt with in either the Court of Session or the sheriff court.

Cases involving divorce, dissolution of civil partnerships, parental rights and responsibilities, adoption and road crash compensation are also civil cases.

You might be a witness in a civil court case because you:

  • started the case
  • someone else has started the case against you
  • you have some other formal interest in the case
  • have seen or heard something in connection with the case
  • have information about someone involved in the case
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What happens at a civil court case
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