HC Deb 15 July 1985 vol 83 cc35-6W
Lord James Douglas-Hamilton

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he is satisfied that the increase in the number of judges in Scotland will prevent long delays in the Scottish courts.

Mr. Ancram

If the draft Maximum Number of Judges (Scotland) Order is approved, the increase of one in the number of judges, together with the saving of judicial time from the transfer of a substantial proportion of divorce proceedings to the sheriff courts and a number of other steps which are in hand, should contribute to the more satisfactory disposal of business, particularly in the Court of Session.

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