The Courts: Small Claims; First Report of Session 2005-06; Report, Together with Formal Minutes, Oral and Written Evidence

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The Committee's report examines the small claims system in the county court, focusing on the following issues: provision of IT facilities and listing procedures, enforcement of judgements, limits on claims for personal injury and housing disrepair, and proposals for a European Small Claims Procedure to cover cross-border cases. The Committee finds that the small claims system generally works well in providing a low cost, good quality procedure for large numbers of litigants which is more informal and quicker than ordinary proceedings. However, the report also identifies a number of areas for improvement, including the need to introduce electronic document management and listing software to increase work efficiency; to improve enforceability of judgements; and to review financial limits for claims relating to personal injury and housing disrepair.
 

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