New courts planned to hear super-wealthy battle over finances – Daily Telegraph

‘Divorce battles among the super wealthy will be heard in separate courts under a plan to make the system more efficient, the head of the family court has announced.’

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Daily Telegraph, 4th December 2017

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English courts committed to high-quality commercial litigation throughout the country, says expert – OUT-LAW.com

‘Comments around the launch of the Business and Property Courts (BPC) underline the judicial service’s commitment to high-quality commercial litigation regardless of where a case is filed in England and Wales, an expert has said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 23rd November 2017

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First Courts & Tribunals Service Centres launched – Ministry of Justice

Posted November 3rd, 2017 in courts, electronic filing, press releases by tracey

‘The country’s first Courts & Tribunals Service Centres will be launched in Birmingham and Stoke-on-Trent.’

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Ministry of Justice, 2nd November 2017

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Online divorce extended in £1bn justice system shake-up – The Guardian

Posted October 31st, 2017 in divorce, documents, electronic filing, internet, news by sally

‘All married couples will be able to apply for a divorce online as part of a £1bn change to the justice system.’

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The Guardian, 31st October 2017

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Six-month warning – lawyers told they cannot ignore electronic bill of costs – Litigation Futures

Posted October 6th, 2017 in civil procedure rules, costs, electronic filing, news by tracey

‘Practitioners have been warned that they can no longer ignore the electronic bill of costs, which now seems certain to become mandatory in the Senior Courts Costs Office (SCCO) and county courts on 6 April 2018.’

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Litigation Futures, 6th October 2017

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Power of attorney could be granted online under FCA proposals – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 22nd, 2017 in electronic filing, news, powers of attorney by sally

‘Power of attorney should be granted online, City watchdogs have suggested, as lawyers warn the move would put the elderly at risk of fraud.’

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Daily Telegraph, 21st September 2017

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Central storage of electronic bundles in family cases “will begin in early 2018” – Legal Futures

Posted September 19th, 2017 in case management, electronic filing, family courts, news by tracey

‘HM Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) is to start hosting digital family court bundles centrally next year as part of its project to digitise the courts, it has emerged in a briefing sent to family judges.’

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Legal Futures, 19th September 2017

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Litigation trends: Can London retain its litigation crown? – New Law Journal

Posted August 1st, 2017 in costs, disclosure, electronic filing, legal services, London, news by sally

‘The impact of Brexit, the outcome of the latest Jackson costs review and taming the “monster” of e-disclosure are of critical importance if the UK is to retain its standing as the dominant legal centre.’

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New Law Journal, 28th July 2017

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Bar Council cautions over online guilty pleas – The Bar Council

Posted June 22nd, 2017 in barristers, electronic filing, guilty pleas, news, press releases by tracey

‘Using a smartphone to plead guilty to a criminal offence may seem convenient, but the Bar Council has warned that Government plans to roll out online pleas, outlined in today’s Queen’s Speech, risk down-playing potentially serious consequences for defendants.’

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The Bar Council, 21st June 2017

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Queen’s speech confirms whiplash reform and court modernisation – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted June 22nd, 2017 in bills, courts, electronic filing, news, parliament, personal injuries by tracey

‘Fresh reforms to personal injury claims are back on the agenda following today’s Queen’s speech. The government’s slimmed-down wishlist of legislation includes a Civil Liability Bill to address the ‘compensation culture’ around motor insurance claims.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 21st June 2017

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Electronic bill of costs compulsory from October – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted May 31st, 2017 in costs, electronic filing, news by sally

‘Solicitors should brace themselves for a major change in the way litigation costs are worked out when a new electronic bill of costs becomes compulsory.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 26th May 2017

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Online courts take the stage – New Law Journal

Posted May 31st, 2017 in civil procedure rules, courts, electronic filing, news by sally

‘Masood Ahmed & Claire Pennells consider pre-action protocols & the Briggs online court.’

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New Law Journal, 19th May 2017

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‘Controversial’ digital tax returns delayed after being dropped from Finance Bill – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 26th, 2017 in bills, electronic filing, news, taxation by sally

‘Plans to force millions of businesses and self-employed people to file multiple tax returns each year have been shelved by the Government.’

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Daily Telegraph, 25th April 2017

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Model for online court “will begin to hear small claims from 1 June” – Legal Futures

Posted March 29th, 2017 in electronic filing, news, small claims by sally

‘The pioneering digital tribunal thought to be the model for England and Wales’s online court (OC) will begin resolving small claims disputes worth under about £3,000 on 1 June, it has emerged.

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Legal Futures, 29th March 2017

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Online court “visible by September and no big bang”, top judge reveals – Legal Futures

‘The first signs of an online court (OC) will be visible in tribunals by September, online processes will be extended to a wide range of civil court proceedings by May 2020, and the reforms will be incremental, according to one of the judges in charge.’

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Legal Futures, 22nd February 2017

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New ‘automatic online conviction procedure’ to be set up by the UK government – OUT-LAW.com

Posted February 15th, 2017 in electronic filing, fines, guilty pleas, news by sally

‘People guilty of “low level” offences in England and Wales will be able to accept and pay penalties and avoid having to appear before court under a new online process to be set up by the UK government.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 13th February 2017

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Computer says ‘guilty’ – online convictions set to become reality – Legal Futures

Posted February 10th, 2017 in electronic filing, fines, guilty pleas, news by tracey

‘Defendants will soon be able to plead guilty, be convicted and pay a penalty immediately and entirely online for certain offences, the Ministry of Justice announced yesterday as digital justice moved a step closer to reality.’

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Legal Futures, 9th February 2017

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The Electronic Divorce Filing Pilot: An opportunity missed or a new horizon opening up? – Family Law Week

‘Stuart Clark, Associate, and David Hodson, Partner, both of The International Family Law Group LLP, describe what is known, and ask some questions, of the MoJ’s latest initiative to facilitate an online divorce system.’

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Family Law Week, 7th February 2017

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

Digital warning over tribunal reforms – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The government should learn lessons from failed attempts to introduce new technology to improve the way employment tribunals work, the Law Society has warned.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 27th January 2017

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Susskind: Parliament should adopt advanced IT for lawmaking – Legal Futures

Posted January 18th, 2017 in bills, electronic filing, legislative drafting, news, parliament by sally

‘Parliament could harness the power of technology to provide a system to lawmakers that gives them the ability to test speculatively the knock-on effects of legislative changes while they are considering bills, according to IT guru Professor Richard Susskind.’

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Legal Futures, 16th January 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk