Hot off the Press comes news today from George Osbourne that the Ministry of Justice must find an extra £249m in savings this year. The Ministry of Justice is reported in Legal Futures, “to have insisted this will not affect legal aid or access to justice” but we can’t help but feel storm clouds gathering. This takes the MOJ budget cut this year to nearly £1bn.
Meanwhile the Legal Aid Agency perhaps stung into action by recent criticism over the courts and case management system (CCMS) has responded with the introduction of….. a forward button. “Available from this week” the May E-Update advises, “the button allows issuers to move forward through the means and merits interviews to the last question answered without clicking next”. There is an obvious point here about costs and IT, savings at the MOJ and joined-up thinking but perhaps that’s not for us to comment.
Finally there is a useful costs-related article at Litigation Futures on ATE insurance post LASPO entitled Suspicion and Speculation not enough to reduce Medical Negligence ATE Premium. The case is relevant as although the insurance policy was issued post LASPO it was potentially recoverable as it covered the cost of the Claimant’s experts’ reports in a medical negligence case.