England and Wales can move to online civil justice thanks to the innovation of the ‘Claims R Us’ portal – a digital triage portal for all civil justice. Thus, the country could become the “first major economy” to make the transition to online dispute resolution. Sir Geoffrey Vos may take this initiative.
Sir Geoffrey Vos struggles with conditions during a pandemic
He spoke at a City of London Corporation seminar, where admitted the possibility of considering cases out of court. The title of the workshop was ‘Online Justice after the pandemic’.
In 2021, there was a breakthrough, where circuit and district judges allowed 80% of civil court cases to be resolved remotely via video conferences. This does not apply only to lengthy hearings of more than 2 hours. According to Voz, this is a huge breakthrough and saves free time as lawyers, there and other interested people, participants in the proceedings.
The question of the price of each civil litigation is roughly £ 500. Now the ability to conduct them online can increase the demand for the process. Civil Justice Council ordered to conduct in-depth consultation on online civil justice.
The structure of online civil justice implies 3 levels
The first level involves a new website. All regulation of actions will take place under the leadership of the committee. Potential clients will come here for help. It was this portal that Vos called “Claims R Us”. Here everyone will be able to get the help they need and will be sent to court, or any other place to resolve the dispute. The portal will help to resolve all preliminary actions before the court.
The second will include all the preliminary steps for processing different protocols. Such portals are already in use, for example, the Whiplash portal has processed more than 60,000 civil cases since its launch.
It is planned to make about 50 or even 100 such sites, where the main goal will be to resolve disputes. The third and final level is created by HM Courts & Tribunals Service. Various claims will be resolved here, where today about 200,000 cases have been resolved. According to Sir Geoffrey Vos, today a lot of litigations are connected with money issues on the Internet. To speed up the process “There will be possession online, employment tribunals online, immigration online.”
Such systems are convenient, but inexperienced users will need help in such matters if they are not familiar with the digital system. In the future, such decisions will save a lot of time in court.