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Small business group urges reform of legal system to deal better with disputes

Small businesses need a “beefed up” legal system that prevents disputes in the first place and resolves those that occur more, their representative body said today. This includes integrating the online court “seamlessly” with other courts, and a specialist commercial track in the small claims court.

December 8th, 2016 | No Comments »

Susskind urges restraint and piloting over fears that Online Court is “too ambitious”

An online court should be introduced slowly and modestly rather than as ‘big bang’, according to one of the original architects of the dispute resolution model from which Lord Justice Briggs drew when devising his Civil Court Structure Review.

November 2nd, 2016 | No Comments »

Overseas model for Briggs’ online court goes live

The online small claims court expected to be the model for England and Wales was launched in Canada last week when the Act moving it from voluntary to mandatory claims came into force. The value threshold for claims will eventually will rise to those up to C$25,000 (£14,610).

July 22nd, 2016 | No Comments »

Online Court will include “limited” legal costs to aid unbundled advice, says Briggs

The new Online Court will not “ban lawyers” and there will be “a very limited element of fixed costs” so litigants can get initial legal advice, Lord Justice Briggs has said. He said the top limit for claims in the Online Court “may have to start at £10,000”, rather than £25,000.

May 24th, 2016 | 1 Comment »

Online divorce and probate set for early 2017, Munby says

Online divorce and probate are set to be delivered under the courts modernisation programme by early 2017, the president of the Family Division has said. Sir James Munby also called on family barristers to adopt new working practices, including direct access, unbundling and fixed fees.

March 1st, 2016 | 1 Comment »

Solicitors call for Online Court to have lower £10,000 limit

The London Litigation Solicitors Association and the Law Society are pushing for a lower £10,000 limit for cases in the Online Court. In his interim report, Lord Justice Briggs proposed a limit of £25,000. The LSLA said that there should be fixed or capped costs for litigation between £10,000 and £25,000.

March 1st, 2016 | No Comments »

No “big bang” on fixed costs, Lord Chief Justice predicts

The Lord Chief Justice has predicted that the use of fixed costs will be extended gradually and not in “one big bang”, which people would find “uncomfortable”. Lord Thomas also indicated that litigants at the planned online court would be allowed “minimal legal assistance”.

February 23rd, 2016 | No Comments »

Briggs lays out vision for lawyer-free online courts

Lord Justice Briggs has set out radical plans to create an online court, which could become the compulsory starting point for money claims worth up to £25,000, and which would be designed “for use by litigants without lawyers”.

January 12th, 2016 | 1 Comment »