The Law Society Gazette looks at how plans for the online court are progressing - and finds that its first few iterations will be considerably less ambitious than Lord Justice Briggs envisaged.
The Law Society has warned the senior judge tasked with modernising the courts service that solicitors’ firms could be forced to close if they have to compensate fee-earners made to work overtime under the out-of-hours court pilot.
The recently reported case of London Aviation Ltd v Royal Bank of Scotland plc  EWHC 1037 (Ch) decided that an expert was not ‘reasonably required’ because, on the facts of the case, an expert was unlikely to assist the judge.
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.
The Ministry of Justice has set out plans to strike out claims automatically where the case fee has not been paid.
I am acting for a claimant in a civil litigation matter. I have been contacted by someone without any legal qualification who calls himself a ’professional McKenzie friend’ and says that he is representing the defendant. He is insisting that I send all communications to him rather than to the defendant directly. Do I have to do that?
In this issue the Law Society Library FAQ is on the topic of claim forms for orders extending time for registering charge and witness statement in support.