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DPS scheme – White Book incorrect

We reported in our March 2019 edition (p30) on the introduction of the Disclosure Pilot Scheme (DPS) for the Business and Property Courts in Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester and Newcastle.

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RTA claims – no lawyers

The Gazette reports that the MoJ has issued a consultation as to how to create an IT platform to enable unrepresented litigants to progress their own claim.

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LiP – keep informed?

We do not usually report on changes which are not yet in force. However, litigators have been warned to expect changes to the processes relating to litigants in person which might come into effect on 6 April 2019 through an SI (subject to parliamentary approval). 
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EJ judgments – no removal from online register

Since February 2017 all ET judgments and written reasons have been published online. Whether a tribunal has the power to remove a judgment from the online register was considered recently.
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Unknown defendant – no claim

The Gazette reports on the SC decision about whether a motor insurer can sue an unnamed defendant.
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Bill of costs – fixed costs case

A recent decision of the Senior Courts Costs Office reminds solicitors that a client is entitled to a bill of costs even in a fixed costs case.
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Civil legal aid – backdated

The Legal Aid Agency (LAA) has announced that from 20 February 2019, the director of legal aid casework will have discretionary powers to backdate some civil legal aid determinations. 
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Statutory notices – service

The SC has widened the scope of the service of statutory notices.
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E-signatures – pitfalls

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