Court listings come on-line nationwide

Helen Sage reports

An on-line court listings service first launched in the Crown Courts in October will soon be available for the Daily Cause List.

The service, provided by Legal Information eXchange, was installed in the Western Circuit on 4 December, completing the nationwide service.

The listings, which have been part of a two-year pilot scheme run by LIX, provide electronically transmitted lists from all 78 Crown Courts.

Stephen Rogers, marketing manager for LIX, said: "We hope to get the system up and running in the 21 Civil Courts by the beginning of the new year The service is currently being used in more than 35 per cent of the criminal sets in London and a few regional sets, but we are hoping this will increase now that the system is more widely available."

Michael Price, senior clerk at Ernst Horridge's chambers at Queen Elizabeth Building, said: "The system is definitely better than checking the lists manually and can only be a benefit for all practitioners."

"But," he added, "it was a long time coming."