Court clash

If you have a big-money case that is expected to run for more than 30 days you could be waiting nine months (see blog) to get your dispute before a Commercial Court judge, the latest report by the Lord Chief Justice Lord Judge states.

The courts have become a victim of their own success with international litigants flocking to London to sort out their battles. Lord Judge LCJ points out that most long-running battles come from individuals or corporations who have been doing business in Central and Eastern Europe.

All this is taking a toll on judicial time. Such long-running cases demand lengthy periods for writing judgments, after all these can’t be dashed out on a whim.

The courts are moving to embrace an electronic revolution to help things run more smoothly, but will this be enough? Last year London’s Rolls Building gave up on a £10m e-filing system that was meant to help it move away from a paper-based system. Perhaps a second bite of the cherry will prove more succesful.


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  • The Court of Appeal will decide whether Andrew Mitchell MP can reverse a High Court decision that the cost of his libel action against The Sun should be restricted to the cost of the court fees for the claim