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Lawyerless courts are not the answer

Lord Justice Briggs has just delivered his long-awaited report on monetary claims worth less than £25,000.

15 August 2016

Quite rightly, he feels that the public is being short-changed
by solicitors and barristers in relation to such relatively low-value claims and he feels there should be some form of online portal that will allow the public to do the job themselves, without intimidating court hearings, free of lawyers, and, best of all, free of legal costs. Nothing wrong with any of that.But in a sense don't we have that choice anyway? If I decide to sue my neighbour for damages because his tree knocked down my wall, I certainly do not need to use a lawyer. I can pop into a county court, pick up the forms, complete them, and set the civil justice system in motion.

Briggs seems keen on sidelining lawyers because as
a breed we are expensive, but sometimes the public will litigate despite the constraints of cost. Very often, clients want their day in court and are prepared to pay handsomely for that privilege.Briggs also seems to think that technology may solve some of ...

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