This chapter provides an overview of court mediation in Scotland. In Scotland, a mediation service for civil cases is available at Edinburgh Sheriff Court (ESC), which accepts cases referred by a sheriff within the small claims and summary cause limits. Court mediation services are usually funded by the Scottish Government and while they may be located within a court building, they are independent of the Scottish Courts organisation. The chapter describes two ways a case can proceed at ESC in relation to a small claims or summary cause action: it may go through the standard hearing process, or the case could be referred to mediation. It also considers how mediation in a court setting works in comparison with the court hearing process and concludes by presenting some important facts about in-court mediation.
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