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I am a lawyer in Scotland and can help you with this. Typically a defamation claim would be raised in the sheriff court under ordinary procedure so you would use an Initial Writ. Under the ordinary cause rules this would be form G1 and a solicitor would generally draft an Initial Writ. If your claim is for less than £5000 you would raise it in the small claim or summary cause court and the relevant form for each of those procedures would be Form 1. If you raise the action and the other party does not enter appearance you can ask the court for decree in absence. I hope that helps. Please leave a positive rating so that I am credited for my time.
The quantification of a defamation action is based with reference to cases which have gone in the past. There can be several heads of claim, for example, actual loss of income, damages for injury to reputation, feelings etc. You of course may also have an employment claim for unfair or constructive dismissal. A full statement would have to be taken from you and some legal research done to properly quantify your claim. I hope that helps. Please leave a positive rating so that I am credited for my time.