The MA recently produced a briefing for the second reading of the Courts and Tribunals (Online Procedure) Bill.
The Bill seeks to establish a new Online Procedure Rules Committee, which will provide rules of court for online proceedings in civil and family courts.
While acknowledging the potential for online procedures to improve efficiency in certain types of proceedings, our briefing set out two main concerns with the Bill. Firstly, that it allows rules to require parties to engage with a proceedings online and secondly, that it does not reflect the fact that almost all family court proceedings cannot be appropriately dealt with online, and should therefore be excluded from the Online Procedure Rules (OPR).
The full briefing can be found here.
The transcript of the Second Reading can be found here.