The Briggs Review – The Final Report

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    Lord Justice Briggs published his Final Report on the Civil Courts Structure Review on 27 July 2016. In his final report, Briggs LJ stated the purpose of his review to be ‘to identify how best by structural change to preserve the strengths, address the weaknesses, maximise the opportunities and manage the threats of, and facing, the civil courts’.

    The report’s recommendations fell largely within the following categories:

    • Creation of an Online Court where litigants may not need legal representation, costs are minimal and representation can be shifted
    • ‘Case Officers’ to assist judges with routine box work and certain processes in the Online Court
    • The use of a single County Court as the default for enforcing civil judgements and orders
    • Removal of financial limits on trust, estates and probate work carried out by the County Court
    • The lower threshold where a claim cannot be issued in the High Court to be increased to £250,000 and then £500,000 with no distinction for personal injury claims at present

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