Briggs report calls for online courts

high-court-london-2 Lord Justice Briggs’  report into the Civil Courts has been published, including a section on the proposed online civil court.

Briggs has given his backing to the pilot online court scheme, which could results in tens of thousands of cases being dealt with annually online.

He said: “The online court project offers a radically new and different procedural and cultural approach to the resolution of civil disputes.”

For a start it will be a lot cheaper to run and will mean that people will not have to spend a fortune on lawyers.

The Lord Chief Justice, Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd, said: “Lord Justice Briggs has delivered a detailed and innovative final report, which the senior judiciary – working with the government and HM Courts and Tribunal Service – will now consider with care.

“While a number of the reforms being recommended are already an integral part of the HMCTS reform programme, such as the online court, the report has benefited from wide consultation which will help to improve the design and planning of those reforms.

The Master of the Rolls, Lord Dyson, with whom Lord Thomas jointly commissioned the review, said: “The civil justice system is facing a number of challenges and pressures, of which Lord Justice Briggs has provided a masterly analysis. He has given us ample food for thought on how the system can be modernised and made more efficient.