Members of the Lords, including two former Lord Chief Justices of England and Wales and a former justice minister, discussed the purpose and key areas of the Courts and Tribunals (Online Procedure) Bill during second reading, on Tuesday 14 May.
Lord Keen of Elie (Conservative), Lords spokesperson in the Ministry of Justice, responded on behalf of the government.
Committee stage, the first chance for line-by-line scrutiny, is yet to be scheduled.
Courts and Tribunals (Online Procedure) Bill summary
The bill aims to:
- establish an Online Procedure Rule Committee (OPRC) to create new and easily navigable online rules for civil, tribunal and family proceedings
- enable the Lord Chancellor to alter the composition of the OPRC with the concurrence of the Secretary of State, the Lord Chief Justice and the Senior President of Tribunals
- enable the Lord Chancellor or Secretary of State to amend, repeal or revoke legislation to facilitate the making of online rules.