SIR TERENCE ETHERTON, MASTER OF THE ROLLS CIVIL JUSTICE AFTER JACKSON CONKERTON MEMORIAL
LECTURE 2018 LIVERPOOL LAW SOCIETY, 15 MARCH 2018
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“I have only been able to touch upon a number of ongoing and future reforms. There are, of course, others, not least the ongoing development of our Business and Property Courts across the country, which is improving the delivery of justice for business disputes. The Business and Property Court in Liverpool had its own very successful launch on 9 February this year. Taken together the reforms should make it clear that reform post-Jackson is not only going to continue, but that it will do so at a not inconsiderable pace.
It is perhaps too early to come to a conclusion concerning how exactly our civil courts will look in the future. What ought to be apparent is that the current reform programme will not result in a one-size fits all approach to the delivery of civil justice. The idea at the heart of the Woolf reforms that process should match the dispute will continue to guide our approach. For some disputes this will mean that we will have an entirely online process. For others, it will mean we have a more traditional court-based process, albeit one with all the advantages that the digital revolution provides such as paperless hearings with virtual bundles on flash drives (as is already the case in the Supreme Court).
As justice after Jackson increasingly becomes digital justice, it will be a form of justice that can be more tailored to the needs of the dispute and the parties. As such it should be an increasingly accessible, efficient and cost effective form of justice.”