29 September 2016
The Government and the judiciary have ambitious plans to change the procedures of the English courts for lower value claims. They want to make courts easier to use and more proportionate for the resolution of simple legal disputes. A new online court may be set up. The aims are laudable, but what will the consequences, intended and unintended, be in practice? Will the reforms make debt collecting easier or just add cost? Will making the courts easier to access encourage litigation, making a dash to the courts the first resort of the disgruntled rather than the last?