No need to change on ‘Freedom Day’ how family courts and Court of Protection have been operating, says Family President – Local Government Lawyer

‘The President of the Family Division has ruled out issuing firm guidance on how the family courts and the Court of Protection should approach their work after 19 July – dubbed “Freedom Day” – when coronavirus restrictions are lifted by the Government.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 15th July 2021

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

“An end to greedy opportunism” – whiplash reforms finally go live – Legal Futures

Posted June 1st, 2021 in electronic filing, news, personal injuries, road traffic, small claims by sally

‘The Civil Liability Act reforms went live yesterday with the government promising an end to “greedy opportunism” while claimant representatives deemed it a “sad day for justice”.’

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Legal Futures, 1st June 2021

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

“Hopelessly complicated” whiplash portal guide slammed – Legal Futures

‘The 64-page users guide for litigants in person navigating the new Official Injury Claim portal has been strongly criticised by a leading academic for being “hopelessly complicated”.’

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Legal Futures, 13th May 2021

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Speech by the Master of the Rolls: Reliable data and technology – the direction of travel for Civil Justice – Courts & Tribunals Judiciary

Posted January 29th, 2021 in computer programs, courts, electronic filing, speeches by tracey

‘Speech by the Master of the Rolls: Reliable data and technology – the direction of travel for Civil Justice.’

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Courts & Tribunals Judiciary, 28th January 2021

Source: www.judiciary.uk

Avoiding the Pitfalls of Remote / Hybrid Hearings: My Ten Top Tips – Family Law Week

Posted January 7th, 2021 in electronic filing, family courts, news, remote hearings by tracey

‘Gabrielle Jan Posner, Barrister and Recorder, Trinity Chambers Chelmsford, offers a few hard earned pointers to improve the remote hearing experience.’

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Family Law Week, 5th January 2021

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

Recommendations for the probity of computer evidence – Digital Evidence and Electronic Signature Law Review

Posted December 18th, 2020 in computer programs, disclosure, electronic filing, evidence, news, postal service by sally

‘This paper sets out recommendations for a two stage disclosure process in an attempt to avoid the problems with disclosure of computer data/material in court proceedings, problems that have been exposed in two cases in England: the Post Office Horizon scandal, and the case of the nurses in R v Cahill, R v Pugh.’

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Digital Evidence and Electronic Signature Law Review, 18 (2021), 18-25, 15 December 2020

Source: journals.sas.ac.uk

Speech by the Chancellor of the High Court to Harvard Law School: Online courts – Perspectives from the Bench and the Bar – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

‘Speech by the Chancellor of the High Court to Harvard Law School: Online courts – Perspectives from the Bench and the Bar.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 25th November 2020

Source: www.judiciary.uk

Still no rules but full steam to April for whiplash reforms, says MoJ – Legal Futures

‘Ministers remain “determined” to implement the whiplash reforms next April, a top Ministry of Justice (MoJ) official confirmed yesterday, although it is still not certain when the rules governing the process will be published.’

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Legal Futures, 24th November 2020

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Solicitors oppose move to digital signatures for LPAs – Legal Futures

Posted November 16th, 2020 in electronic filing, fraud, news, powers of attorney, solicitors, statistics by sally

‘The vast majority of solicitors want to retain the rule that donors must physically sign lasting powers of attorney (LPAs) rather than move to electronic signatures, a survey has found.’

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Legal Futures, 16th November 2020

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Vos: ‘lawyers face steep learning curve on tech’ – Law Society’s Gazette

‘All lawyers will need to become familiar with the concepts and workings of distributed ledger technology, smart legal contracts and cryptoassets, according to the next master of the rolls. In a foreword to a landmark report on the regulation of blockchain technology, Sir Geoffrey Vos says that the pandemic “has only emphasised our need to understand the ways in which technology is affecting our professional lives. Lawyers face a steep learning curve.” ’

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Law Society's Gazette, 5th October 2020

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

SCCO will use remote hearings more once back to normal – Litigation Futures

Posted July 31st, 2020 in coronavirus, costs, courts, electronic filing, news, remote hearings by sally

‘Video and phone hearings are set to become a permanent feature of the Senior Courts Costs Office (SCCO) even after the coronavirus pandemic has passed, the Senior Costs Judge has said.’

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Litigation Futures, 30th July 2020

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

General guidance on PDF bundles – St John’s Chambers

Posted May 29th, 2020 in case management, computer programs, documents, electronic filing, news by sally

‘Mr Justice Mann, Judge in charge of Live Services, has issued guidance to judges today about PDF bundles. The guidance applies to all courts, but not to tribunals.’

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St John's Chambers, 20th May 2020

Source: www.stjohnschambers.co.uk

E-Bundling Guidance for Remote Hearings – Falcon Chambers

Posted May 21st, 2020 in coronavirus, electronic filing, news, remote hearings by sally

‘As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, on 19 March 2020, the Lord Chief Justice delivered a message in respect of the Civil & Family Courts in which he said: “The default position now in all jurisdictions must be that hearings should be conducted with one, more than one, or all participants attending remotely.” Legal professionals are naturally anxious to know what may be expected of them in practically in preparation for such hearings.’

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Falcon Chambers, May 2020

Source: www.falcon-chambers.com

Court issues guidance on e-bundles for short applications – Litigation Futures

Posted May 12th, 2020 in coronavirus, documents, electronic filing, news, time limits by sally

‘Counsel presenting short applications should be “retained in sufficient time” to enable them to advise on the contents of the electronic bundle, the High Court has recommended.’

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Litigation Futures, 12th May 2020

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

Judges back guidance for remote detailed assessment hearings – Litigation Futures

‘Guidance on the conduct of remote detailed assessments (DAs) has been produced to get the system moving during the lockdown.’

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Litigation Futures, 23rd April 2020

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

Covid-19: FAQs on electronic signatures and e-signing – The 36 Group

Posted April 21st, 2020 in chambers articles, contracts, coronavirus, documents, electronic filing, news by sally

‘An electronic signature is data in electronic form which is attached to or logically associated with other data in electronic form, and which is used by a signatory to sign.’

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The 36 Group, 15th April 2020

Source: 36group.co.uk

Witnessing an Execution: What Does s1 of the Law of Property (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1989 Require Today? – Falcon Chambers

Posted April 21st, 2020 in chambers articles, documents, electronic filing, internet, news, wills by sally

‘There have been two recent thought-provoking articles on whether documents which require a signature to be witnessed (that is, wills and deeds) can be witnessed either “virtually” in real-time (with attestation[1] by the witness on a separate counterpart simultaneously, with the execution being observed online) or after the event (with the execution being witnessed online, and the document then being posted to and subsequently attested by the witness).’

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Falcon Chambers, April 2020

Source: www.falcon-chambers.com

Value Based Charging and Electronic Disclosure – Ropewalk Chambers

‘Practice Direction 31A of the CPR 1998 contemplates specifically that disclosure of electronic documents may be carried out by using keyword or other automated searches.’

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Ropewalk Chambers, 6th April 2020

Source: www.ropewalk.co.uk

E-Bundling Guide – 4 New Square

Posted April 17th, 2020 in chambers articles, electronic filing, news by sally

‘Drawing on extensive experience of working with different types of e-Bundle, David Turner QC has created a guide setting ou​t the advantages and disadvantages of different types of standalone e-Bundle, a step-by-step approach to their compilation and how to get the most out of them.’

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4 New Square, 14th April 2020

Source: www.4newsquare.com

Out-of-Hours Appointments: A Temporary Fix to a Permanent Problem? – Radcliffe Chambers

‘The past year has seen repeated attempts by the courts to solve the conundrum of electronic working and how it interfaces with outof-court appointments of administrators. Six decisions, all conflicting in whole or in part, none likely to result in an appeal, did little to ease the uncertainty surrounding the validity of notices efiled outside court hours by CE-File. There was no substantive attempt at resolution on the part of the Companies Court or the Insolvency Rules Committee; the Chancellor issued guidance to the effect that notices filed out-of-hours would be referred to a designated High Court Judge.’

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Radcliffe Chambers, 8th April 2020

Source: radcliffechambers.com