Employment Legislation

What Will the Courts and Tribunals (Online Procedure) Bill Do?

Legislation

What Will the Courts and Tribunals (Online Procedure) Bill Do?

Due Date

To be confirmed

Summary

The Courts and Tribunals (Online Procedure) Bill has been published and had its first and second reading in the House of Lords. It will create a committee to provide rules of court for online proceedings in Civil and Family Courts and Tribunals. The Bill increases the use of technology which will allow for online and digitised procedures in the Courts and Tribunals system.

Around £1bn is being invested in transforming the courts and Tribunal service, making the justice system more accessible and enabling legal disputes to be resolved more efficiently.

The new procedure will use a mix of technology, conciliation and judicial resolution to create a quick dispute resolution process.

About the Bill

What the bill does:

  • Creates a new Online Procedure Rules framework
  • States that the Online Procedure Rule Committee will be independent and will be made up of members of the judiciary and members with expertise in the lay advice sector and IT
  • Suggests the process for making Online Procedure Rules
  • Allows the Lord Chancellor or Secretary of State to amend legislation to facilitate the making of Online Procedural Rules
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