Lords examines Courts and Tribunals (Online Procedure) Bill

11 June 2019

The Courts and Tribunals (Online Procedure) Bill had its committee stage, the first chance for detailed line-by-line examination, in the Lords on Monday 10 June.

Members discussed a range of topics, including:

  • the requirement for parties to participate in court proceedings digitally 
  • the provision of designated assistance with the conduct or progress of proceedings to parties governed by online procedure rules
  • appointment of the Online Procedure Rule Committee
  • reviewing the operation of the Act and reporting to Parliament within a specified time frame.

Report stage, a further chance to examine the bill and make changes, is yet to be scheduled.

Lords Committee stage: Tuesday 14 May

Lord Keen of Elie (Conservative), Lords spokesperson in the Ministry of Justice, responded on behalf of the government.

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.

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