On 20 December 2018, a couple of legislations were brought forward as Acts of Parliament which will alter the personal injury sector and commence the sweeping court changes. The Ministry of Justice announced that the Royal Assent has been approved to the Civil Liability Bill, and Courts and Tribunals Bill.
David Gauke, the Justice Secretary, has pointed out that the Ministry of Justice is moving on with their agenda and is focussed on bringing transformation with the new legislation.
For calculating the damages awarded for soft tissue injuries which occurred due to a Road Traffic Accident, there will be a new tariff announced and likely to be applied in April 2020. Roughly at the same time, the government will present the anticipated £5k small claims limit for Road Traffic Accident claims. The introduction of these Acts of Parliament are predicted to reduce the number of solicitors servicing the marginally lower injury claims.
Ministry of Justice endorse the legislation as part of their action to prevent the number of fraudulent whiplash injury claims that are seen as easy money. It was mentioned again that the Ministry of Justice consider that the savings made from the lower number of those claiming will be passed on to motorists through their corresponding insurance companies. No evidence has been provided of how much savings will be made.
The Royal Assent has approved the transformation to how the discount rate determines deductions from personal injury damages. The Ministry of Justice maintains that claimants with serious injuries will get a reasonable compensation amount with this new tariff. It was keen to stress that there will be reduction of excess compensation to defendants to ensure a fair distribution of payment.
The Courts and Tribunals Act enables other legal staff that are appropriately trained to handle routine tasks normally dealt with by judges. It will allow courts to be also arranged across jurisdictions where necessary and it is the start of subsequent law transformations to streamline the way the court is currently managed.
Lucy Frazer, a Justice Minister, suggests that the changes in letting judges preside in different jurisdictions and by transferring court and tribunal matters to other authorised court staff, will modernise the courts effectively and better capitalise on the money from the taxpayers.Read about Bogus Crash For Cash Claims
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