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In what is a sign of things to come for many elements of the civil justice system in the UK, earlier this month the first stage of the Ministry of Justice’s (MOJ) Online Court went live in beta / live test form. The new online system, which over time is set to replace the current, ageing Money Claims Online (MCOL) system, will allow members of the public to issue county court money claims up to £10,000 in value. MCOL will remain live during the beta test period. A spokesperson for the MOJ said that the new technology and scheme “begins to deliver the vision set out by Lord Briggs… where he called for claims worth up to £25,000 to be solved in an online court”.

Spring 2018 will see the launch of online digital courtrooms for UK claimants, with tax appeal tribunal cases set to be the first to be offered this option. For the first time, claimants and their solicitors will be offered the option of ‘attending’ a court hearing online, using secure audio & video links delivered via a standardised internet platform, as opposed to having to turn up in person.

Following a significant number of objections from within the legal profession in 2017, HM Courts and Tribunal Service (HMCTS) chief executive Susan Acland-Hood has committed to re-introducing a range of pilot schemes to assess the impact of revised and more flexible court hours. This follows feedback on the original consultation in which it became clear that as desirable as it may be, the actual practicalities of extending court operating hours may mean the idea is abandoned altogether.

January 2018 will see the second reading in the House of Commons of the Homes (fitness for human habitation and liability for housing standards) bill, sponsored by Labour MP Karen Buck, who is also the chair of the parliamentary group on Legal Aid.

The Private Members bill, which is worked on by various housing specialists including Giles Peaker from Anthony Gold solicitors and Justin Bates from barristers Arden Chambers, is designed to ensure that landlords will have new legal obligations to repair or replace a range of hazards that pose a significant threat to the health and safety of their tenants.

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The civil litigation reforms, and the potential damage they could do to businesses once they are implemented, has put the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) in direct conflict with the Ministry of Justice (MoJ).

The Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act (LASPO) has placed limits on contingency fee agreements during insolvency proceedings, which trade body for Insolvency Professionals R3 have long argued will be costly to creditors by prohibiting litigants from reclaiming certain legal costs from defendants.

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