Reform of the civil courts – interim report released today (12 January 2016)

The Briggs review, which focuses on civil court structures in England & Wales, enters a new and critical phase today, with the publication of the interim report (IR). A good deal of the IR examines key questions associated with the setting up of an Online Court to enable disputes of under £25,000 to be progressed by citizens, without necessarily resorting to formal legal representation. Some firm views about the Online Court emerge from the IR and are set out in the body of this post.

A provisional view is put forward that personal injury claims would be excluded from the Online Court. This seems very likely indeed to be a point on which further representations will be made in the next phases of this project.

Written responses to the provisional recommendations in the interim report are sought by the end of February 2016. Stakeholder meetings will run from March to May, with the final report due before the summer break this year. Continue reading