Summary cause legal definition of summary cause
summary cause a form of small value action in Scotland. It replaced the small debt action and predates the small claim with which it overlaps. It was intended to be useful for laymen but is more like a stripped-down ordinary action convenient for debt collection. The rules have been interpreted rather strictly even in relation to points of pleadings, and it might be asked whether there is any real need for this intermediate tier of procedure.
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A working example of the use of ADR is in the Simple Procedure which came into force in November 2016 replacing Small Claims and Summary Cause
He received a Summary Cause
Summons from a sheriff officer, demanding the pounds 498 in arrears and saying he faced eviction.
Registry Trust said the trends for small claims and summary causes
and ordinary cause decrees were "broadly consistent" year on year.
Carcinogenicity Category 2 Hazard summary Causes
serious eye damage.