Shorthand writers’ fees for carrying out their duties are set by Act of Sederunt. There are separate instruments for the Court of Session and sheriff court. Since 27 June 2016 there have been established arrangements in relation to travel costs for shorthand writers.

Invoices will be assessed as follows:

  1. Time spent in the performance of the duties of shorthand writer (including waiting but excluding the lunch period) during business hours of the court (“attendance time”) will be paid providing the rate claimed does not exceed the prescribed rate.
  2. Travel time shall be paid at half the attendance rate payable.
  3. Reasonably incurred travel outlays for cost effective travel are paid. Public transport should be used unless unreasonable or impracticable. Mileage allowance of £0.40 will be paid where travel by car is undertaken in situations where public transport is not reasonable or practicable.
  4. Subsistence at civil service class two rates (or such reasonable equivalent as may be adopted*) shall be payable if reasonably incurred in line with the instruments.

Solicitors instructing shorthand writer services should make clear that any invoices should provide a breakdown (and in multi-day cases/invoices, day by day) of each of the components of attendance time i.e. court, waiting, lunch period, travel time, travel outlays, and subsistence outlays.

Details of travel expenses and other associated costs can be found below:

 

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