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Final Report on Civil Court Structure published

Lord Justice Briggs has published his final report following a review of the civil courts.

  • A final report and recommendations on the future structure of the civil courts has been published by Lord Justice Briggs. 

    It follows an extensive series of meetings with judges, practitioners, stakeholders and users of the civil courts, and a series of detailed written and oral submissions following the publication of the review's interim report in January 2016.

    The key point for family lawyers is the recommendation that the Family Court should be given a shared jurisdiction (with the Chancery Division and the County Court) for dealing with Inheritance Act and TOLATA disputes.

    A good deal of the report centres on the establishment of an Online Court 

    "designed to be used by people with minimum assistance from lawyers, with its own set of user-friendly rules. It is anticipated that it will eventually become the compulsory forum for resolving cases within its jurisdiction, and on inception should be dealing with straightforward money claims valued at up to £25,000."

    A key development on this point is that the court should not be voluntary (bar a period when it is in pilot) reflecting the experiences of other territories implementing such processes. 

    The full report can be downloaded from the Judiciary website here.

News, published: 27/07/2016

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Published: 27/07/2016

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