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Government’s proposals to encourage ADR in smaller disputes

The government response has been published to its consultation on “Solving disputes in the County Courts: creating a simpler, quicker and more proportionate system”, which asked for views on compulsory mediation information sessions, automatic referral to mediation, and extension of … Continue reading

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Two new Supreme Court justices appointed

The Supreme Court has today announced the appointment of two new justices, Lord Reed and Lord Justice Carnwath CVO. The two appointments follow the death of Lord Rodger in June 2011 and the forthcoming retirement of Lord Brown in April … Continue reading

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Guidance on use of live communications from court

On 14 December the Lord Chief Justice issued practice guidance on the use of live text-based forms of communication (including twitter) from court for the purposes of fair and accurate reporting. The guidance applies to¬†proceedings which are open to the … Continue reading

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Rolls Building in action

London’s new business court, the Rolls Building, opened its doors in October, bringing under one roof the business related divisions of the High Court (the Admiralty and Commercial Court, the Technology and Construction Court and the Chancery Division).¬† The new … Continue reading

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Robes and wigs now optional in Supreme Court

Earlier this week the President of the Supreme Court announced that advocates appearing before the court (or the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council) may do away with any or all elements of traditional court dress, if all advocates agree. … Continue reading

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Substantial court fee increases proposed

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has issued a Consultation Paper on court fees in which it proposes substantial increases to issue fees for higher value claims and the introduction of time-related hearing fees in the High Court and Court of … Continue reading

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Court statistics for 2010 show drop in High Court claims

The Ministry of Justice has recently published its Judicial and Court Statistics for 2010. These show a drop in High Court claims issued in the Royal Courts of Justice in London, as well as nationally.

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Rolls Building update

The new business court, the Rolls Building, is on track to open for business from October, bringing the Admiralty and Commercial Court, the Technology and Construction Court and the Chancery Division (including the Bankruptcy and Companies Courts) under one roof … Continue reading

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Supreme Court proceedings live over the internet

16 May 2011 saw the launch of “Supreme Court TV”, which allows Supreme Court hearings and judgments to be watched live over the internet at http://news.sky.com/info/supreme-court. The court’s press release describes this as a “significant development for the transparency and … Continue reading

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Ministry of Justice’s “Plan for Growth”

On 16 May 2011, the Ministry of Justice published its Action Plan entitled “Plan for Growth: Promoting the UK’s Legal Services Sector”. This sets out what the MoJ is doing as part of the government’s wider Plan for Growth, announced … Continue reading

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