Defendant lawyers have told the government that the ban on referral fees in personal injury claims is not working, as part of a wide-ranging response to inform the government’s review of civil litigation funding reforms.
The Court of Appeal said the government ‘misled’ the High Court in a dispute over its decision to refuse unaccompanied child refugees in Calais the right to join their families.
Magistrate numbers are falling significantly across England and Wales, from nearly 20,000 magistrates in 2015 to just over 15,000 this year – a drop of around 25 per cent.
Hugely ambitious and sweeping reforms to modernise UK courts are being rushed through in a way which could undermine justice and heap pressure on other services, MPs have warned.
Legal professionals will be able to avoid security checks at court using a smartphone identification system, as part of a new pilot scheme starting on 5 September.
Legislation intended to reform the personal injury small claims sector looks set to be halted until September 2018 at the earliest.
The Ministry of Justice has admitted overcharging for a string of different court fees – with the lost income from reducing the fees set to cost around £9m a year.
Delegating more judicial duties to court staff is expected to save almost £6m a year, government documents have revealed.
National call centres for court enquiries will open next year as the government takes the burden away from under-staffed regional court.
At our spring conference, Senior Master Fontaine delivered the keynote speech on recent developments and forthcoming changes to civil practice and procedure. A list of cases and legislation she referred to is available to download below.