Earlier this month, the CPRC circulated the minutes and associated papers of its 3 March and 7 April meetings. As usual, the minutes provide key insights into decision-making regarding the CPR and the courts that has either already been implemented or we may expect to see in the future. We summarise the two meetings here.
Following a joint statement issued by the Lord Chancellor, Lord Chief Justice and the Senior President of Tribunals on transforming the justice system, the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has issued a consultation summarising the proposed proposals and seeking views on the provision of assisted digital services for those unable to interact with the court online. The proposals include the creation of an online court for more straightforward cases, greater use of case officers to free up judicial time, the extension of the fixed recoverable costs regime and more encouragement for parties to resolve disputes outside of court.
Lord Justice Briggs has published his Interim Report on the Civil Courts Structure Review which was commissioned by the Lord Chief Justice and the Master of the Rolls in July 2015. Michelle Di Gioia, Partner in the Dispute Resolution team at Gardner Leader solicitors gives her view gives her view on his recommendation of a creation of a lawyer free court..
Lord Dyson, Master of the Rolls, revealed his concerns about enhanced court fees impeding access to justice when he appeared before the Justice Committee yesterday, 26 January 2016, in connection with its inquiry into courts and tribunals fees and charges. Court fees must not impede access to justice Lord Dyson emphasised that access to justice was… Read More…
The Ministry of Justice yesterday (22 July 2015) proposed further increases for issuing money claims with the maximum fee likely to be at least £20,000. This follows on from increases brought into force in March 2015 which saw the maximum fee for issuing a claim rise to £10,000, amid much controversy. The new increases will only affect claims for £200,000 or more. The MoJ also confirmed that it will increase court fees for issuing general applications and possession claims.
The CPR Committee are responsible for making and amending the civil procedure rules which apply to the Civil Court of Appeal, High Court and County Court. The Committee meet on a regular basis to discuss their work and the minutes of the 12 June 2015 meeting are now publically available and provide an insight into up and coming changes and issues under discussion. The June minutes cover a wide range of issues.
The private secretary and legal adviser to the Chancellor of the High Court is currently accepting responses to the consultation on the shorter and flexible trials pilot schemes for cases in the Rolls Building (namely the TCC, Chancery Division and the Commercial Court in London). The aim of the proposals is to achieve ‘speedy but… Read More…
The Civil Procedure Rules Committee (CPRC) have released their 79th update ‘Practice Direction Amendments’ which sets out the revised Pre-action Protocols which will come into force on 6 April 2015
Despite concern expressed by the Civil Justice Council, the Lord Chief Justice and the Law Society, the Ministry of Justice has confirmed that it is to press ahead with its proposals to increase court fees in cases over £10,000 in value, following its consultation ‘Court fees: proposals for reform’.
Despite Lord Jackson arguing heavily in favour of hybrid DBAs, practitioners will be disappointed that the Government has ruled out consideration of hybrid arrangements from the Civil Justice Council’s look at proposed technical revisions to the DBA regulations.The issue of hybrid DBAs has been constantly put forward since the introduction of the DBA regulations, but… Read More…