David Lidington MP, Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, appeared before the Commons Justice Select Committee earlier today (25 October) and re-confirmed that the Government intends to increase the small claims limit for personal injury claims to £5,000 for road traffic claims (whiplash injuries, in particular) and to £2,000 for other types of injury.
Today the MoJ published part 1 of its response to the recent whiplash consultation, which is well ahead of the expected date of 7 April – make of that what you will.
It will also publish the Prison and Courts Bill today, the legislative framework for implementing these reforms (along with secondary rules and CPR changes). The changes planned should apply from 1 October 2018; although the transitional trigger is not yet clear (the consultation indicated it could be for ‘accidents on or after’). The principal elements announced today are set out below.