Extension of new claims process “imminent”

Legal Futures reports:

“The government is set to take forward Lord Young’s proposals to extend the road traffic claims process to all low-value personal injury and clinical negligence cases, while the Jackson reforms are imminent, the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) confirmed [on Monday].

Publishing its business plan and milestones for 2011-15 for consultation as part of a government transparency initiative, the MoJ said it is currently developing proposals to extend the claims process ahead of a consultation in March 2011. This will form part of a wider consultation on civil justice reforms. A final report will be published in October 2011.

Meanwhile, the business plan also said that the green paper on implementing Lord Justice Jackson’s costs reforms will be published this month. The consultation will run until February, with a plan for implementing the changes to civil litigation funding and costs published in April. If primary legislation is needed, it will be introduced in spring 2011.

The civil justice reforms will aim to promote wider use of alternative dispute resolution, including mediation, and make it easier for people to get advice and guidance. Legislation to effect them will be introduced in May 2012.”

The clock is ticking.

Are you ready for the new legal costs landscape?

One thought on “Extension of new claims process “imminent”

  1. If the non RTA claims fall out the new system proposed for April 2012, I presume the files are to be costed in the normal way?

    I want to know what the ALCD are doing for us and what the future holds for the ALCD. Are new members joining the ALCD? Are current members not renewing memberships in order to save money?

    My clients (Claimant Solicitors) advise they rarely receive marketing letters from Claimant costs firms these days. In the past they used to forward us at least 2-3 mail shots a week.

    Are people simply walking away from the costs industry?

    I will be staying put, if others are leaving then it makes it better for those staying.

    In 2003, I never thought my firm would cost an RTA file again…

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