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.

The Law Society and other stakeholders responded to the consultation on proposed changes to areas such as digitisation of the courts and changes to the justice system that could see people enter guilty pleas online and receive fixed penalties for some offences.

Law Society president Robert Bourns commented:

‘Digitisation undoubtedly has a central place in the modern courts and tribunals service and we are keen to work with HM Courts and Tribunal Services to ensure modernisation bolsters justice rather than undermines it.

‘While there are some positive indications in parts of the MoJ’s response to the consultation, there simply isn’t enough information and, as always, the devil is in the detail.’