Civil procedure – Apparent bias – Right to fair hearing. Sheriff Appeal Court: Refusing an appeal by an appellant who sought reparation for loss, injury and damage he maintained he had suffered as a result of a minor road traffic accident, and who contended that the sheriff had displayed apparent bias, having adjourned the court during the proof and made certain comments to parties' representatives in chambers which the appellant alleged were demonstrative of the sheriff having prematurely formed a concluded view hostile towards him, the sheriff having ultimately assoilzied the defender, the court held that the sheriff's comments would not reasonably be understood by the fair-minded and informed observer as meaning that he had already formed a concluded view hostile to the appellant on matters which fell for decision at the conclusion of the case after hearing all the evidence and arguments: he would not conclude that there was a real possibility that the sheriff was biased.