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Civil Proceedings

Justice written question – answered on 11th September 2013.

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Photo of Andrew Stephenson Andrew Stephenson Conservative, Pendle

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the potential effect on equality of arms in the legal system (a) following the implementation of the Jackson reforms and the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 and (b) of the proposed increase to the small claims limit.

Photo of Jeremy Wright Jeremy Wright The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

In July last year the Government published an impact assessment of the Jackson reforms contained in Part 2 of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012. The Government will review the effect of the reforms, which generally came into effect on 1 April 2013, within three to five years of implementation.

An impact assessment on the potential effects of the proposal to increase the ‘small claims limit’ for personal injury claims was published with the consultation paper ‘Reducing the number and costs of whiplash claims’. A revised impact assessment will be published alongside the Government's response to the consultation later this year.

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