The Ministry of Justice has given further details on how new money will be spent on mediation services in a bid to take 80,000 small claims cases out of the court system. However, lawyers have spoken out against the changes, saying that they will result in a denial of justice for many.
It is thought the bulk of the 80,000 claims will come from neighbourhood disputes and rows over unpaid debts. Under the plan, cases such as these will be directed towards a new telephone mediation service.
It is hoped this will resolve many, which should speed up the small claims courts and save money for those who avoid going to court.