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Some lawyers could lose their jobs if UK implemented “online court”

Some lawyers could lose their jobs if UK implemented “online court”Britons could solve their disputes online without going to real court in nearest future. Such a suggestion was made The Civil Courts Structure Review. The report into the structure of the civil courts was published by Lord Justice Briggs on July, 27. The review started July 2015 over the civil courts of the British justice system.

The report suggested the establishment of an online court that lets people resolve disputes worth less than £25,000 (around $32,850) in a process that rarely needs the involvement of lawyers, if at all.

“The Online Court – a new court, designed to be used by people with minimum assistance from lawyers, with its own set of user-friendly rules. It is anticipated that it will eventually become the compulsory forum for resolving cases within its jurisdiction, and on inception should be dealing with straightforward money claims valued at up to £25,000. Recommendations are made on helping people who need assistance with online systems. Complex and important cases to be transferred upwards to higher courts. Open justice and transparency issues to be addressed,” is defined in the statement

The main goal of such a suggestion is to cut costs, so people who don’t have enough money to start a lawsuit could still solve their disputes. Online court would provide "effective access to justice without having to incur the disproportionate cost of using lawyers," is reported.

The review describes the online court having a three-stage process that involves an automated online triage phase, a conciliation phase to be handled by “case officers” and – if all else fails – a determination phase to be led by a judge.

The first stage is “designed to help litigants without lawyers articulate their claim in a form which the court can resolve, and to upload their key documents and evidence.”

Intending to embrace digital technologies for the suggested addition to the British civil courts system, the determination phase can be done via video or telephone hearings apart from in-person trials or “determination on the documents.”

In a statement, Lord Justice Briggs said that it is for others to decide which of his recommendations should be implemented, and by what means.
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