HC Deb 09 July 1971 vol 820 c478W
Mr. Buchanan

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what is the waiting time for disposal of criminal and civil cases awaiting trial in each of the sheriffdoms of Scotland.

Mr. Gordon Campbell

This varies between sheriff court districts within sheriffdoms and according to the nature of the proceedings, and full information is not readily available. The following table gives, for the main sheriff courts, the intervals which elapse in the current state of business between pleading diet and trial diet in summary criminal cases not involving custody which go to trial, and between allowance of proof and proof in ordinary civil actions. At this time of year the intervals are extended because of the holiday season.

Court Summary Criminal (Interval between pleading and trial diets)* months Ordinary Civil (Interval between allowance of proof and proof) months
Aberdeen 5
Ayr 4
Dunfermline 1 1
Kirkcaldy 2 2
Dumfries 3
Dundee 3 3
Dunoon 3 3
Edinburgh 5
Glasgow 3
Airdrie 4
Lanark 3 3
Haddington 3 2
Hamilton 3
Inverness 3
Kilmarnock 5
Linlithgow 4 4
Greenock 4
Stirling 4 4
Falkirk 3 4
* In cases not involving remand in custody.

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