The UK Government White Paper Transforming Our Justice System (September 2016), and subsequently the introduction of the Prison and Courts Bill in the last Parliament, confirms the plans of the Ministry of Justice and senior judiciary to “automate and digitise the entire process of civil money claims by 2020” and the “interactive triage” role envisaged for litigants-in-person using the “Online Court” for certain civil proceedings. Modernisation and digitisation – including greater use of online procedures and virtual hearings – will also extend to tribunals and criminal proceedings. Traffic offences are already dealt with online in most parts of the country.
On 4th June 2018 JUSTICE published the final report Preventing digital exclusion from online justice at Freshfields LLP in London, with an introduction from Chair of the Working Party, Amanda Finlay CBE and Lord Briggs of Westbourne, Justice of the UK Supreme Court.
The Litigant in Person Network published an article about the Working Party and why JUSTICE is doing this work here on its website.