A new Civil Justice Council (CJC) working group has been set up for the purpose of advising the CJC on issues arising from the implementation of the Jackson reforms to civil procedure. Amongst other topics, the group will report on transitional queries in relation to conditional fee agreements and possible extension of one-way costs shifting (QOCS) to further categories of cases. The group’s first meeting was held in June 2014.
The CJC has also set up a new advisory group to explore the role that online dispute resolution (ODR) can play in resolving civil disputes. ODR involves the resolution of disputes across the internet using techniques such as e-negotiation and e-mediation. The advisory group is made up of leading academics with a special interest in ODR, legal and mediation practitioners and business and civil service policy and operational representatives. It will report to the CJC with recommendations for next steps or further research.