Constitutional Affairs Committee

Press notice No. 4 of Session 2005-06
7 October 2005


The courts: small claims

The Constitutional Affairs Committee will hold two evidence sessions on the 'small claims' system. The inquiry was announced on 22 July 2005 ( Press Notice 3, Session 2005-06). The inquiry will investigate whether the current system:

» facilitates access to justice
» is simple and informal
» operates effectively and efficiently
» allows cases to be allocated properly
» whether financial limits should be reviewed

Details of the evidence sessions are as follows:

Tuesday 11 October, The Wilson Room, Portcullis House


Georgina Squire, Chair, Civil Litigation Committee, The Law Society; Allan Gore QC, President, Association of  Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and James Sandbach, Social Policy Officer (Legal Affairs), Citizens Advice
Association of District Judges

Tuesday 1 November, The Grimond Room, Portcullis House

Baroness Ashton of Upholland, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs

Transcripts of the sessions will be available on the Reports and Publications page of the Committee's website.

Notes for editors:
1. The terms of reference ( Press notice 3, 22 July 2005) are available on the Committee's website
2. Committee Membership is as follows: Rt Hon Alan Beith MP (Chairman), James Brokenshire MP, David Howarth MP, Ms Barbara Keeley MP, Mr Piara S Khabra MP, Jessica Morden MP, Julie Morgan MP, Mr Andrew Tyrie MP, Keith Vaz MP, Dr Alan Whitehead MP, Jeremy Wright MP