Court & procedural reform to gather momentum in 2016 – and definitely not just for small claims

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The noise associated with the Government’s proposal to increase the small claims limit for injury cases to £5,000 may have drowned out another equally important announcement in the Autumn Statement: that some £700 million has been allocated to the MoJ to bring the court service up to date. A short summary was posted on The Policy Blog at the end of November.

This initiative is absolutely not about securing more IT spend so that courts can do more of the things they do now but more efficiently, nor is it just about arranging more video-conferences and attendances. It is a quite fundamental rethink of accessing the courts digitally, how they are structured and how cases and evidence are managed.

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Commons Justice Committee – possible chairmen

Elections of chairs of Select Committees for the new session of Parliament will be held shortly. The Justice Committee will have an important role in scrutinising plans to replace the Human Rights Act. Former Minister of Justice Minister Jonathan Djanogly – closely associated with the LASPO Act in the last Parliament – is among the candidates standing for the chair.

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