Law Society and Scottish Government host joint event
Law Society and Scottish Government host joint event for EU
Civil Justice Day
The Scottish Government and Law Society of Scotland are
co-hosting an event on Monday, 18 October, to mark EU Civil Justice
Fergus Ewing, Minister for Community Safety will deliver the
opening address at the event at Victoria Quay, Edinburgh, which
will give legal practitioners up to date information about existing
and proposed EU legislation and other initiatives relating to civil
Mr Ewing said: "Today is the first time that a purely Scottish
event to mark the European Day of Civil Justice has been held.
Cross-border co-operation in civil justice improves the lives of
the citizens of Scotland, as it increases their confidence in the
civil justice system and their belief that it is working in their
interests. It also brings economic benefits, by helping to
encourage people to come to Scotland to live and work and making it
easier to do business across national boundaries. The Scottish
Government is therefore very much committed to it.
"The Scottish Government's aim is to ensure that existing EU
instruments are implemented effectively in Scotland, and that any
new initiatives take proper account of Scottish circumstances.
Close co-operation with practitioners is an important part of that
Julia Bateman, head of the UK Law Societies' Brussels office, will
be at the event.
She said: "European Civil Justice Day was established in 2003 by
the European Commission and the Council of Europe to take place in
October each year to bring justice closer to citizens, to inform
them on their rights and to promote the work of the European
Commission and of the Council of Europe in the field of civil
"Civil law is part of daily life for people across Europe - at
work, when they get married, have children or buy goods and
services within the single market. The increased mobility of people
and business across national boundaries means that it has an
increasing cross-border dimension. This event is aimed at raising
awareness among practitioners of the mechanisms that exist in the
EU to help secure legal rights and obligations across national
"It also presents an opportunity for those whose work is influenced
by EU policy and legislation to share information and learn about
The Society's joint event with the Scottish Government will alert
those who offer advice on the variety of ways they can themselves
keep up-to-date with EU legislative developments, including the
various services offered by the Society's Brussels Office and by
the EU and International Law Team at the Scottish Government.
Speakers are set to discuss a range of topics including debt
recovery and enforcement; succession law and family law. Tools
designed to simplify the provision of cross-border legal advice
such as the e-justice portal will also be highlighted.
For further information:
Please contact Val McEwan or Suzy Powell on 0131 226 8884.
18 October 2010