Presently if you wish to resolve a dispute by issuing Court proceedings you will need to give evidence at a final hearing if the case is not resolved by agreement in the lead up to such hearing. Whilst the evidence will primarily take the format of a written witness statement, you will be required at Court for examination and re-examination on the content of your statement. Therefore, as it stands the answer to whether you will need to attend Court is ‘Yes’.
However, Professor Richard Susskind and his online dispute resolution advisory group has released a report, much welcomed by Her Majesty’s Court and Tribunal Service, that may alter this. Going forward disputes of non-criminal cases with a value of less than £25,000.00 could be dealt with online and eliminate the need for the parties to attend Court.
Whilst the concept is in its infancy as an idea scheduled to be rolled out in 2017, it appears it would follow the dispute resolution system presently used very successfully by eBay– which settles 60 million disputes each year.Talk to our legal team
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