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Dispute Resolution in England and Wales: Call for Evidence

The Ministry of Justice is seeking evidence on Dispute Resolution from all interested parties, the judiciary, legal profession, mediators and other dispute resolvers, academics, the advice sector, court users.

The MoJ is particularly interested in collecting evidence from individuals or organisations with data to share on the relevant questions; or those who have had experience of dispute resolution within and outside of the courts system to support the development of more effective dispute resolution mechanisms. The MoJ would welcome frontline insights with tangible examples.

Responses will shape future reforms to civil, family and administrative justice, with Ministers determined to help more people resolve their issues without the stress and cost of a court case. The consutation will examine whether new technologies, as well as services such as mediation and conciliation, could provide smarter and less adversarial routes for finding resolutions.

The step looks to build on the success of recent reforms which have seen private law family claims, for example, move online.

The closing date for submissions is 30 Sept 2021.

For the consultation document, click here.