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Nearly a fifth of all courts and tribunals in England and Wales to close


Eighty-six of 460 courts and tribunal hearing centres will shut as part of “modernisation” plans, HM Courts and Tribunal Service has confirmed. The reforms aim to reduce the £500m annual cost of the courts estate. The government has published a schedule for the closures, with six phases planned between now and September 2017.

Justice minister Shailesh Vara confirmed that, on average, the 86 courts due to be closed were only being used for just over a third of their available hearing time, equivalent to fewer than two days a week. The government has reprieved five courts identified for closure as part of its review of the estate. Read the full story

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eBay-style court for civil justice


In a report published this week the official body that oversees civil courts recommends that the UK justice system should receive a radical overhaul for the digital age with the creation of an online court to expand access to justice and resolve claims of up to £25,000.

The report’s principal author, Prof Richard Susskind, who is president of the Society for Computers and Law, said the UK was falling behind other countries that have begun to incorporate online elements into their judicial systems. “Our civil justice system is creaking,” said the report. “There is widespread concern today that dispute resolution in our courts is disproportionately expensive and insufficiently user-friendly for litigants in person,” it said. Read the full story

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