As widely predicted, the Government has announced its intention to extend the RTA portal scheme for cases worth up to £25,000 and also to extend this into employer and public liability personal injury cases. The Government also intends implementing a system of fixed recoverable costs, similar to that proposed by Lord Justice Jackson in his review of civil litigation costs. Interestingly, a cautious approach seems to have been adopted with consideration of timing “following a full evaluation of the existing RTA PI scheme” and further consultation with key stakeholder over details.
The small claims track limit will be increased from £5,000 to £10,000 but the limit for personal injury and housing disrepair claims remaining the same.
An interesting footnote to the various proposals announced is the plan for a single county court: “The single county court will replace the current county court structure by removing the geographical and jurisdictional boundaries that enable county court houses to represent the district in which they are located and to operate with their own identity”. An end to forum shopping? (Yes, you know who you are.)
Is there anything left on Jackson’s wish list that has yet to be ticked off?