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Civil courts structure review with Lord Justice Briggs

On 9 June 2016, Lord Justice Briggs gave members an update on his interim review of the civil court structure, where he discussed issues raised in his review. 

This is an opportunity to hear about the Civil Courts Structure Review directly from Lord Justice Briggs. The welcome speech was given by Robert Bourns, vice president of the Law Society.

Topics covered by Lord Justice Briggs were his plans for an online court, IT modernisation, case officers, among others. At the end, members asked questions and expressed their views directly to Lord Justice Briggs.

The full event is available in the audio recording below:

Can't hear the audio? Listen to the event on SoundCloud

The review

The Civil Courts Structure Review was commissioned by the Lord Chief Justice and the Master of the Rolls in July 2015. Its terms of reference are as follows:

  • To carry out a review of the structure by which the Civil Courts (namely the County Court, the High Court and the Court of Appeal) provide the State’s service for the resolution of civil disputes in England and Wales.
  • To review the boundaries between the Civil Courts and (i) the Family Court (ii) the Tribunals Service and (iii) other private providers of civil dispute resolution services, but not the internal structures of those other entities.
  • To make recommendations for structural change including, in particular, the structures by which the fruits of the reform programme may best be integrated into the present structure of the Civil Courts.
  • To make recommendations for the deployment of judges and delegated judicial officers to particular classes of case.
  • To carry out such informal consultation with judges, the professions and stakeholders as the timeframe permits.
  • To make a written interim report to the Lord Chief Justice and to the Master of the Rolls (as Head of Civil Justice) by the end of 2015