How long will the case take?

This depends on the circumstances. In some cases, where fault is obvious and there are few heads of claim, a suitable offer may be negotiated within a few weeks. In other cases, particularly where liability is disputed, a case may last several months.

Once a case is raised in court, it is likely that a hearing will be set for approximately nine months. This may seem like a long time, but it is necessary for both parties to get the court papers, evidence and witnesses together. It also gives parties the opportunity to try and agree matters. If matters cannot be resolved, the Sheriff will make a decision at that hearing.