“We can do online filing. We can do online case management.”

So said Lord Thomas, Lord Chief Justice of England & Wales, in his first answer at his annual press conference on 17 November 2015. He was speaking of the prospect of the smarter use of technology by the courts and those who use them, with particular reference to civil litigation. Cash will be critical to any such reform. The financial position should be a good deal clearer after the Autumn Statement by the Chancellor on 25 November, as my colleague Jef Mitchell noted in his recent post from 17 November.

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