Patients who have been harmed by negligent care should be able to get the expert legal advice they need, the Law Society has insisted.
Last week Law Society head of justice Richard Miller gave evidence to senior MPs currently scrutinising the Prisons and Courts Bill. Speaking about the digital justice provisions in the bill, he highlighted the potential access to justice implications of the use of technology in the justice system.
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The profession has raised concerns over government plans to test flexible operating hours in courts and tribunals, under which some courts will stay open as late as 8.30pm
From April 2017 it will no longer be possible to issue claims, applications or file documents on paper at the Rolls Building. The e-filing system must be used.
From June 2017, the specialist courts and lists of the High Court will be known as the Business and Property Courts of England and Wales. The new arrangement encompasses the Commercial Court (including the Admiralty Court), the Technology and Construction Court and the courts of the Chancery Division.
Lord Justice Jackson is holding a seminar at the Law Society on 13 March to discuss his proposals to extend the fixed recoverable cost scheme in England and Wales.
The Ministry of Justice has set out plans to strike out claims automatically where the case fee has not been paid.
The Association of British Insurers (ABI) has conceded to MPs that the insurance industry saved ‘hundreds of millions of pounds’ from reforms to personal injury in 2013 and that whiplash claims have come down in the last year.
A response from the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) to its consultation on a root and branch overhaul of the courts and tribunals system has been described as ‘woolly’ by the Law Society, which called for more detail.