This Bill forms part of the Government’s court reform agenda which aims to make the justice system simpler to access, convenient to use and more efficient to run.
This particular Bill aims to ensure that online services are designed for the everyday user – by creating an Online Procedure Rule Committee (OPRC) who will design rules to support the courts online services.
The recommendation for changes to existing rulemaking was made in the Civil Courts Structural Review (CCSR) - a judicially led review conducted by Lord Briggs, published in 2016.
Lord Briggs described the current system as designed by lawyers for lawyers; which means that civil courts have increasingly become inaccessible to the ordinary user. A central part of the Briggs plan to redress the balance was for the introduction of the ‘online Court’ governed by a set of simplified rules overseen by the new OPRC.
This Bill was introduced by Lord Keen of Elie from the Ministry of Justice.
This is not a controversial Bill. It is widely agreed that the courts system needs to be updated, and this Bill is expected to get cross party support.
How to get involved
Contact your MP.
If I don’t act, will it go through?
This is a Government Bill so it is likely to become law.