Scotland to create expanded Land Court

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Two of Scotland’s judicial bodies charged with settling land and property disputes are to be merged.

The Scottish Land Court, an arbiter of landlord and tenant disputes, and the Lands Tribunal for Scotland, a less formal authority with a more limited jurisdiction, are to be brought together as an expanded ‘Land Court’, the Scottish Government has announced.

The streamlining will provide an ‘immediate improvement’ to court users by creating a more efficient ‘one stop shop’, it claimed.

‘This is very good news for users of the Scottish Land Court and the Lands Tribunal for Scotland. Incorporating the two bodies into an expanded Scottish Land Court is an important step forward in providing a more efficient service and offering greater clarity to those who presently use them’, said Minister for Community Safety, Ash Denham.

‘While modernisation will deliver significant improvements, a very important part of this change will be to ensure that the traditional character and the respect both bodies have for dealing with various types of disputes are retained by the reformed court’.