Sheriff Personal Injury Court

The Sheriff Personal Injury Court is a Scottish court with exclusive competence over claims relating to personal injury where the case is for a work-related accident claim in excess of £1,000, where the total amount claimed is in excess of £5,000, or where a sheriff in a local sheriff court remits proceedings to the Personal Injury Court. It has concurrent jurisdiction with the Court of Session for all claims in excess of £100,000, and concurrent jurisdiction with the local sheriff courts for personal injury claims within its competence.

Sheriff Personal Injury Court
Royal Court of Arms of the United Kingdom as used by the Courts in Scotland
Established22 September 2015; 5 years ago (22 September 2015)
LocationSheriff Court House, 27 Chambers Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1LB
Coordinates55.9479192°N 3.1907488°W / 55.9479192; -3.1907488
Composition methodAppointed by Sheriff Principal of Lothian and Borders
Authorized byCourts Reform (Scotland) Act 2014 and The All-Scotland Sheriff Court (Sheriff Personal Injury Court) Order 2015
Appeals toSheriff Appeal Court
Websitewww.scotcourts.gov.uk/the-courts/sheriff-court/personal-injury-court
Sheriff Principal of Lothian and Borders
CurrentlyMhairi M. Stephen QC
Since9 May 2011

The choice of using a local sheriff court or the Personal Injury Court is left to the pursuer. However, if the sheriff believes the case is a complex one, requiring specialist expertise, then it can be remitted to the Personal Injury Court.

The Sheriff Personal Injury Court was established on 22 September 2015 by The All-Scotland Sheriff Court (Sheriff Personal Injury Court) Order 2015. The power to establish specialist, all-Scotland courts is derived from the Courts Reform (Scotland) Act 2014.