The first ever completely digital civil case was heard in our home court: Aberdeen Sheriff Court.
Make no mistake — this is a significant milestone.
Lawyers generally love paper, to print, to copy, to write, and to store. And litigation lawyer productions (aka evidence) are often printed in triplicate with the same papers disclosed to the defender(s) as well as the court.
The Scottish Court Tribunal Service (SCTS) announced today that this is the first simple procedure case in Scotland to hear evidence supported by digital documents and photographs.
This all follows the SCTS' launch earlier this year of its fully digital service for simple procedure cases — a process designed to resolve disputes where the monetary value doesn't exceed £5,000, making it possible to lodge all documents online rather than in paper.
Good news for trees!
The first digital evidential hearing in a Simple Procedure case took place last month in Aberdeen Sheriff Court.