The Law Society Gazette reported recently that plans to make the electronic bill of costs mandatory have been changed. The deadline which was set for October 2017 is now April 2018.
The Civil Procedure Rule Committee confirmed the deferment at their last meeting agreeing more time is needed to ensure county court technology is in place to handle it. The pilot scheme, currently due to end 30 September, encourages the use of a new more detailed costs bill format as promoted by Lord Justice Jackson in his 2009 civil justice report. This is a significant change for the profession.
Whilst significant benefits expected for parties, judges and lawyers are recognised by some, there has been much resistance and criticism from others.
Lord Justice Jackson recommended a new format bill of costs was needed which provides much more information. Also that software should be used for time recording and to automatically generate schedules for summary determination of bills for detailed assessment as and when required.
Select Legal Systems has worked closely with its clients to develop a comprehensive Costs Management Module in line with Lord Justice Jackson’s reforms and they continue to enhance it in line with changes such as the bill of costs requirements in time for the mandatory deadline. Here is a case study example of how it is being used by catastrophic injury specialists SJP Law.
For more information about the LAWFUSION Costs Management Module or any other aspect of the LAWFUSION legal practice management system please contact SALES on 01482 567601 during office hours or feel free to submit your enquiry online at any time of the day or night.