Government plans to raise small claims limit

05 December 2017

Justice Committee assists scrutiny of the Government's proposals for raising the small claims limit for personal injury via secondary legislation. The Committee intends to hold a single oral evidence session early in the New Year and will then publish a report.

Previous work on small claims

In this work the Committee will take account of published written evidence that was submitted to the previous Committee's unfinished inquiry into personal injury: whiplash and the small claims limit, and of the oral evidence on this topic taken on 17 February 2017 .

There is therefore no need for previous evidence to be resubmitted to the Committee.

Terms of Reference

Further written submissions may be made, but only if they raise new points, including points which have arisen from developments since the previous Committee took evidence, on the following topics:

  • The impact of raising the small claims limit to £5,000 for RTA-related whiplash claims, and of raising the small claims limit to £2,000 for personal injury claims more generally, taking account of the planned move towards online court procedures
  • The potential impact of this policy on the role of claims management companies and on the operation of the market for ‘before the event’ legal expenses insurance

Written submissions

The deadline for written submissions to be made is Friday 22 December 2017.

Written submissions should be made via the web portal.

Submissions need not address every aspect of the terms of reference and should be no longer than 3,000 words.

The Committee values diversity and seeks to ensure this where possible. We encourage members of underrepresented groups to submit written evidence.

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