Legal Representation: Children and Vulnerable Adults

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 10th July 2019.

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Photo of David Hanson David Hanson Labour, Delyn

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to ensure that the Litigant in Person portal will provide adequate protection to (a) minors and (b) vulnerable people.

Photo of Paul Maynard Paul Maynard The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

The Government confirmed on 3 July 2019 to the Justice Select Committee that it will exempt, for the time being, children and protected parties from the increase in the small claims track limit to £5,000 for road traffic accident related personal injury claims. This will mean that children and protected parties will not be required to use the new IT Service and the Pre-Action Protocol. The Government believes this is a pragmatic way forward which will enable further testing of the new processes before considering further whether they are extended to this group of claimants.

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