Huge drop in Scottish Cases for Debt and Eviction since 2008

Author: June MacDonald
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David Leask Chief Reporter for The Herald stated in a recent article that “The number of cases for debt recovery, eviction and repossession have plummeted in Scotland’s courts since the financial crash”

The Scottish Government’s chief statistician advised that there were 30,000 cases of debt recovery through Scottish courts in 2016-17 down 54% from 2007-2008 and 12% from 2015-2016.

His report The Scottish Crime and Justice Survey revealed a decrease in the number of repossession cases also. The report stated that “The overall decrease in the number of repossession cases since 2008-09 is likely to be linked to the overall recovery in the Scottish economy during this period.”  Still 1753 properties were subject to repossession proceedings in the course of 2016-17.

Eviction of tenants also dropped  by more than a quarter since 2007-2008 the report stating “The increased focus on the management of rent arrears cases by local authorities and registered social landlords is likely to have contributed to the overall reduction in social rented sector rent arrears cases coming to court since 2008-09.”

David Leask noted “The drop in debt cases helped make Scottish courts less busy. Debt cases account for more than two-fifths of civil actions in Scotland’s courts.”

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About June MacDonald

June joined Mitchells Roberton along with James Marr of the former firm of J E Marr & Co on 1st April 2016. She has been a paralegal since 1995 when she completed her Diploma in Civil Litigation at the University of Strathclyde, obtaining a further specialist Diploma in Debt Recovery in 1998 again from the University of Strathclyde. June has vast experience in debt recovery and now works exclusively in this area of law. She is extremely thorough and prides herself in keeping her clients fully updated in each case. June has worked with James Marr for some 34 years before coming here. In her spare time she is an abundantly keen Lawn Bowler playing competitively for her Bowling Club. She is also a cat lover and has happily joined the feline fan club of the office. Email:

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