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Bill to modernise court system introduced in House of Lords

Courts and Tribunals (Judiciary and Functions of Staff) Bill

The first reading of the Courts and Tribunals (Judiciary and Functions of Staff) Bill took place in the House of Lords on 23 May 2018. The Bill makes provision about the judiciary and the functions of the staff of courts and tribunals. The second reading will take place on a date to be announced.

The Ministry of Justice says that once enacted, the judiciary will be flexibly deployed across jurisdictions, allowing judges to gain experience of different types of cases, helping with their career progression.

It expects that authorised staff could carry out some of the more straightforward judicial functions, which include tasks like issuing a summons; taking a plea; extending time for service of applications; or considering applications for variations of directions made in private or public law cases.

According to the MoJ, this is the first step in legislation that will shift justice from slow, paper-based systems to streamlined, efficient digital services.

For the Bill, as introduced, click here. To follow progress of the Bill, click here. For thr MoJ announcement, click here.