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Petition by Grahame Smith  
Closed Petitions - Petition PE1303  
Petition by Grahame Smith, on behalf of the Scottish TUC, calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to restore access to justice for all by abandoning its policy of full withdrawal of public funding for civil courts and repealing the Orders relating to Court of Session, High Court of Judiciary, Public Guardian and Sheriff Court fees which increase the cost to individuals in accessing civil justice.  
Petitioner: Grahame Smith  
On behalf of: Scottish TUC 
Number of signatures: 1  
Date lodged: 7 January 2010  
SPICe Briefing: Briefing for PE1303 

Written Questions for PE1303  

Written Submissions for PE1303  

26 January 2010 :   The Committee took evidence from David Moxham, Deputy General Secretary STUC and Frank Maguire, Thompsons Scotland Solicitors and agreed to write to the Scottish Government, the Lord President of the Court of Session, Legal Aid Board (Scotland), Law Society of Scotland, Faculty of Advocates, Scottish Consumer Council, Citizens Advice (Scotland), Consumer Focus Scotland, Shelter (Scotland) and the Equality and Human Rights Commission Scotland seeking responses to points raised in the petition and during the discussion. It also agreed to invite SPICe to undertake an analysis of funding arrangements in other countries. <Link to Official Report 26 January 2010 

18 May 2010 :   The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government seeking a response to specific points. <Link to Official Report 18 May 2010 

5 October 2010 :   The Committee agreed to close the petition under Rule 15.7 of Standing Orders on the grounds that Scottish Minsters have confirmed that they plan to publish their formal response to Lord Gill's review of the civil courts later this year as a basis for further debate about the future delivery of civil justice, leading to legislative proposals for consideration by the Parliament. Link to Official Report 26 January 2010" 

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