A voluntary capped costs pilot runs from 14 January 2019 for two years in certain business and property courts for cases valued up to £250,000.
Two pieces of legislation came into force just before Christmas which will transform the personal injury sector and set the ball rolling on sweeping court reforms.
The High Court has approved an upwardly revised costs budget after finding that extra disclosure demands constituted a ‘significant development’ in the case.
The Civil Justice Council (CJC) working group has published its final report on alternative dispute resolution (ADR) and civil justice.
The long-awaited review of legal aid reforms will not be published by the end of 2018, the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has confirmed.
The government is seeking evidence relating to setting the personal injury discount rate. Consultation closes on 30 January 2019.
The Senior Courts Costs Office Guide 2018 has been published, replacing the 2013 version.
The Law Society has launched a new court reform webpage to help you to keep up to date with the HMCTS reform programme.
HM Courts and Tribunals Service have announced that they will be piloting early and late sittings in civil and family courts.
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A new pilot scheme will launch on 1 January 2019, aiming to address concerns about the current excessive costs, scale and complexity of disclosure.
The Law Society has responded to the Ministry of Justice consultation on the impact of part 2 of LASPO, claiming that the government has created an imbalance between claimants and defendants.
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.