‘Dispute Resolution in England and Wales: Call for Evidence’

This initiative was launched on Tuesday 3 August and, despite its very bland title, it may well have the potential to reshape fundamentally how vastly differing types of non-criminal cases, claims and disputes are resolved in England and Wales.

The breadth of the initiative is illustrated (a) by it being co-sponsored by the all the Heads of the Courts and Tribunals divisions and by the Secretary of State for Justice and his Ministerial colleague in the Lords and (b) by this very clear aspiration set out in their joint foreword: “A quarter of a century after the Woolf report, litigation is still far from the last resort and too many cases still go through the court process unnecessarily. The provision of dispute resolution schemes remains patchy … more still needs to be done to increase uptake of less adversarial options.”

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Alternative Dispute Resolution: the CJC explore the options

The Civil Justice Council will not be short of reading matter over the Christmas break as it will be poring over the various responses to its Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Consultation. We spoke about why this was important in the context of other civil reforms in our Blog “Maximising ADR – a one way street?” on 2 November and now take the opportunity to look at some of the questions raised and the issues that are under consideration.

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