I wanted to update you about further efforts to restart more of our family business.
- Peremptory diets
The Sheriff Principal has authorised the setting up of peremptory diet courts for family business which will permit the attendance of the party/parties concerned at the court building.
These courts will not commence until after 7 August 2020 in line with paragraph 14 of the Sheriff Principal’s Guidance in respect of Civil Business, No.18 of 2020.
The first court will be on 13 August 2020 and cases will be assigned to 15 minute hearing “slots” from 9.30am. I will be presiding over that court.
The party/parties upon whom intimation has been made will be required to attend timeously for their hearing if:-
- they have not complied with the time limit set out in the interlocutor to give notice that they wish to appear by electronic means (i.e. by telephone conference call); or
- they have not lodged written submissions.
The sheriff clerk’s office will let agents know if the case is not going to call in court as a consequence of the actions of the party/parties upon whom intimation has been made.
The interlocutors assigning these hearings will be in the following style as directed by the Sheriff Principal:-
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- Other family business previously assigned to the Tuesday family courts (excluding child welfare hearings)
The Sheriff Principal has also authorised the phased restarting of this business which will include procedural hearings, options and continued options hearings and opposed motion hearings. This business is being restarted on a court by court basis – the sists are being or have been recalled in most of those cases which were assigned to my courts of 24 March and 14 April and those assigned to Sheriff Liddell’s court of 7 April. The appropriate hearings are being assigned to call by telephone conference call (save where peremptory diets had previously been assigned in which case further peremptory diets are being assigned) but in a small number of cases hearings are not automatically being assigned. In certain cases which were due to call at “procedural hearings” parties will receive the following interlocutor and their responses will be considered by the designated Sheriff prior to further procedure being determined.
By order, ex proprio motu, the sheriff, having considered the process, Recalls the sist and Directs parties to email the sheriff clerk at Glasgow at the following email address:
(i) to identify what further hearing, if any, is required in this case;
(ii) to set out the reasons why such a hearing is required; and
(iii) to provide a note of the name, e-mail address and telephone number of the person who will conduct any such hearing for each party.
Andrew M Mackie
Sheriffdom of Glasgow and Strathkelvin at Glasgow