Gov't Proposes Overhaul Of Small Claims Regime

By Ashish Sareen (July 26, 2022, 12:29 PM BST) -- The U.K. government unveiled proposals on Tuesday to automatically divert small claims of up to £10,000 ($12,000) to free mediation as it looks to free up capacity in the creaking court system.

The government is seeking feedback from the judiciary on plans that would direct participants in small claims disputes — over goods and services, for example, but not personal injury — toward a free hour-long telephone session. A professional mediator would be provided by HM Courts and Tribunals Service before the claimant's case could be moved forward to a hearing.

The parties to the dispute will speak to the mediator...

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