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Sheriff Principal hits out at civil courts over lengthy case

A senior sheriff has hit out at the civil courts for allowing a personal injury case to continue for many years without conclusion.

Georgina Murdoch, from Newtonhill in Aberdeenshire, says she contracted Legionnaires' disease on holiday in Mallorca in 2000.

Ms Murdoch, who was 56 at the time, is suing Airtours, claiming the illness was caused by apartment conditions.

Sheriff Principal Derek Pyle raised questions about the delay.

The case has been back and forth between courts in Scotland and Spain.

Quoting Lord Gill's review of civil courts earlier this year being "slow, inefficient and expensive", Sheriff Principal Pyle said in a procedural ruling he would "need to look no further than the present proceedings" for an example of that.

The case continues.

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