Finally – insurers get it in the neck for not passing on whiplash savings – Legal Futures

‘The insurance industry had a taste of its own PR medicine over the weekend after The Times accused insurers of “cheating motorists” by not passing on whiplash savings.’

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Legal Futures, 30th August 2016

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Breaking: ‘minimal assistance’ from lawyers in online court – Law Society’s Gazette

‘A long-awaited report on the future of civil courts has recommended a new online court for dealing with all monetary claims up to £25,000.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 27th July 2016

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IT revolution “should keep low-value cases out of the courts altogether”, says MoJ official – Litigation futures

Posted July 22nd, 2016 in electronic filing, news, small claims by sally

‘The civil courts need to learn from the ombudsman model, “whereby huge numbers of relatively low value or low stakes cases are resolved simply, quickly and cheaply by avoiding hearings all together”, according to the civil servant in charge of digitising the courts.’

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Litigation Futures, 22nd July 2016

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Overseas model for Briggs’ online court goes live – Legal Futures

Posted July 22nd, 2016 in electronic filing, news, small claims by sally

‘The pioneering online small claims court thought 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.’

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Legal Futures, 22nd July 2016

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Staking a claim – New Law Journal

‘Kerry Underwood concludes his 60th birthday tour with a master class on small claims, portals & Pt 36.’

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New Law Journal, 3rd June 2016

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APIL 2016: no retreat on personal injury reform, says justice minister – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted May 5th, 2016 in consultations, damages, insurance, news, personal injuries, small claims by tracey

‘Justice minister Lord Faulks today indicated that there will be no retreat on far-reaching and controversial plans to reform the personal injury sector.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 4th May 2016

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Credit Hire Charges Remain in Protocol – Stage 3 Procedure Appropriate – Not Appropriate to Reallocate to Part 7 – Zenith PI Blog

Posted April 26th, 2016 in appeals, civil procedure rules, news, small claims by sally

‘In Phillips v Willis the Court of Appeal held that it was wrong in law and “irrational” for a claim proceeding via the low-value RTA Protocol to be reallocated to the small claims track simply because only hire charges remained in dispute. The claim should properly have been dealt with at a Stage 3 hearing.’

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Zenith PI Blog, 25th April 2016

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CA: judge wrong to move hire costs dispute from RTA process to small claims court – Litigation Futures

Posted April 25th, 2016 in appeals, costs, damages, fees, insurance, news, road traffic, small claims by sally

‘A district judge was wrong to move a dispute over hire car costs from stage 3 of the RTA protocol to the small claims court, the Court of Appeal has ruled.’

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Litigation Futures, 22nd April 2016

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Four-year target for ‘digital court’ in England ambitious, but not unworkable, says expert – OUT-LAW.com

Posted February 19th, 2016 in courts, electronic filing, news, small claims by sally

‘An ambitious new report proposes digitising all court processes in England and Wales within four years – but this, as the report itself recognises, will require significant behavioural changes from practitioners if it is to come to fruition.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 18th February 2016

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Interim review of civil courts proposes online court for claims up to £25,000 – Local Government Lawyer

Posted January 14th, 2016 in civil justice, consultations, courts, internet, news, reports, small claims by sally

‘There is a clear and pressing need to create an online court for claims up to £25,000, a senior judge has said in his interim review of the civil courts structure in England and Wales.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 13th January 2016

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Set up online courtrooms to cut lawyers out of legal process, says official report – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 13th, 2016 in consultations, electronic filing, news, reports, small claims by sally

‘Senior judge says civil cases up to £25,000 should be carried out in ‘paperless’ courts with most work done by admin staff rather than judges or lawyers.’

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Daily Telegraph, 12th January 2016

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Autumn Statement: £5k small claims limit and end to general damages in whiplash – Legal Futures

Posted November 26th, 2015 in budgets, courts, damages, news, personal injuries, small claims by tracey

‘The government is set to remove the right to general damages for minor soft tissue injuries and increase the small claims limit for personal injury claims from £1,000 to £5,000, it was announced in the Autumn Statement today.’

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Legal Futures, 25th November 2015

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Court of Appeal: Tenants on small claims track can be ordered to pay more than costs of issue – Litigation Futures

‘County courts can order tenants on the small claims track (SCT) to pay more than the costs of issuing the claim, the Court of Appeal has ruled.’
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Litigation Futures, 6th August 2015

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Appeal judges reject bid for costs in case that started out in small claims court – Litigation Futures

Posted March 2nd, 2015 in appeals, civil procedure rules, costs, insurance, news, small claims by sally

‘A claimant who took a credit hire case from the small claims court all the way to the Court of Appeal must pay her own costs because the defendant insurer’s behaviour was not “unreasonable”, appeal judges have ruled.’

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Litigation Futures, 2nd March 2015

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Online courts: type “J” for “Judge” – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted February 19th, 2015 in courts, dispute resolution, internet, news, reports, small claims by sally

‘Whenever I read stories about IT and the courts system I often get a funny sense of déjà vu (or perhaps copy and paste) but this week I read something that was more genuinely radical.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 18th February 2015

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Online court proposed to resolve claims of up to £25,000 – The Guardian

Posted February 16th, 2015 in dispute resolution, internet, legal aid, news, small claims, telephone hearings by sally

‘The UK justice system should receive a radical overhaul for the digital age with the creation of an online court to expand access to justice and resolve claims of up to £25,000, the official body that oversees civil courts has recommended.’

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The Guardian, 16th February 2015

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Small claims courts ‘failing the public’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 11th, 2014 in costs, delay, news, small claims by sally

‘Increasing costs and lengthy delays before hearings are causing people to shun small claims courts.’

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Daily Telegraph, 11th April 2014

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Civil justice reform – another crack in the wall? – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

“The government’s response to the consultation paper on whiplash claims has recently been published. Within it, the government scraps the idea of raising the small claims limit for personal injury claims to £5,000; a measure which would capture most road traffic claims in the UK. It was seen by many as a pivotal brick in the Jackson campaign for proportionate costs, as it would fix the costs entitlement for most whiplash claims at fixed commencement costs for small claims. This would net a significant saving in adverse costs payments at a national level. So, why was a measure of seemingly vital importance discarded so summarily by the government?”

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 15th November 2013

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Prosecute professionals who stay silent on child abuse claims – Keir Starmer – The Guardian

Posted November 4th, 2013 in child abuse, news, prosecutions, small claims, social services, teachers, witnesses by sally

“Teachers and health workers should be prosecuted for failing to alert the police to allegations of child abuse, according to the former director of public prosecutions, who is calling for an overhaul of the law to prevent more victims from slipping through the net.”

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The Guardian, 4th November 2013

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MoJ decides against increase in small claims track limit – Law Society’s Gazette

“The Ministry of Justice will today confirm there is to be no increase in the small claims court limit.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 23rd October 2013

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