The 2019/20 legal year begins in just over two weeks on Tuesday 1 October. Several cases to be heard by the Supreme Court this term (and set out in the body of this post) will see challenges to the nature and scope of civil liability.
Yesterday the Ministry of Justice published results of its consultation, which ran for a month in April/May, on medical reporting within the package of whiplash and small claims track reforms due to be implemented in April next year for road traffic cases. This latest document sets out the government’s policy choices but is, as seems par for the course in this area, very light on detail.
The decision to prorogue Parliament (Westminster) will lead to a ‘wash up’ of outstanding Bills, in which those which haven’t fully completed the legislative process are likely to be lost.
In reality, however, Parliamentary activity beyond Brexit has been pretty thin for the last few months, with very few unresolved Bills touching on civil litigation and insurance. One of passing interest is the Courts and Tribunals (Online Procedure) Bill which provides the necessary framework for moving some civil and family disputes to an online setting. Given that this important project has already had one legislative false start – via the Prison & Courts Bill which was ‘washed up’ before the 2017 general election – it is hoped that the current legislation can be fast tracked towards implementation in order to build on the extensive experience to date within the Online Civil Money Claims pilot scheme (at the end of May 2019 nearly 70,000 claims had been commenced via OCMC).