“… snowdrifts of paper held in place by delicate pink ribbons”

On 23 June 2015 Michael Gove, the new Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, gave his first speech since his appointment following the general election in May. Its prosaic title “What does a one nation justice policy look like?” underplays both the eloquence of his defence of the rule of law and the potential ambit of reforms to deliver civil justice online.

The first of these may be a shrewd move by Mr Gove to make friends in the legal sector at an early stage in his tenure. The second may mark the start of a serious move towards virtual delivery of significant parts of civil dispute resolution, thus avoiding the snowdrifts of paper and pink ribbons.

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