Guest Post: The Electronic Portal Processes Effect on the Legal Sector

The Electronic Portal Processes Effect on the Legal Sector

2012 has been a difficult year for the legal industry. Not only is the imminent implementation of major civil justice reforms on the horizon, but they have also had to spend much of the year trying to prepare for the proposed expansion of the road traffic accident portal scheme. Recently however, the Ministry of Justice released a statement that suggests it will re-evaluate and examine the RTA portal plans before April 13.

The statement, which was backed by lawyers associations, has been widely accepted as a positive move from the Ministry of Justice. Back in December, the government announced that it was going to look at the timing of the proposed portal expansion, primarily to include personal injury claims up to £25,000. This decision was prompted by a pre-action letter from the Association of Personal Injury pushing for a judicial review of the current system.

Karl Tonks, president of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (Apil) believes that the government has made a lot of friends by acknowledging the fact the current system may need review. Furthermore, he also commented that the legal industry is looking forward to government’s results of the review, but also warned that key loopholes that currently plague the industry should not be ignored in order to keep to expansion deadlines.

From the outset, Apil have stated that they wholly accept the proposed changes to the RTA portal, not least because they will improve and speed up the civil justice system for all parties involved. Furthermore, the delay by the government when implementing current RTA portal plans reflects the need to evaluation.

Reasoned Approach

The chairman of the Motor Accident Solicitors Society, Craig Budsworth, believes that re-evaluation of the timing of the implementation of the portal portrays a considered and reasoned approach by the government.

Not only will this give confidence to shareholders within the motor claims firms around the country, but it will also continue to reduce false claims and benefit real accident victims. From a personal injury solicitor in Liverpool to a family law lawyer in London, this re-evaluation is on course to flip current industry regulation on its head.

Although the review has gained applause from the motor claims industry, it is not expected to affect the level of recoverable costs within the current scheme, which ends on January 4th. Additionally, if implementation of the new scheme does go ahead in April, the RTA Portal Co concedes that some manual changes may be needed to maintain industry stability.
Responsible for the development and management of the portal, the RTA Portal Co has revealed that new software is already being developed based on the new proposed draft rules. This means that the portal will still be available for delivery in April if final versions are not significantly different.

Until the first amendment to the software is given the green light towards the end of 2013, the RTA Portal CO has acknowledged that manual processing may be needed to keep current systems in line with industry regulation. Such changes are likely to be minor however. In extreme circumstances, software users may have to input codes to the system, but only when it is not being automatically generated by the software itself.

This post was provided on behalf of Jigsaw Law solicitors near Chester and based in Ellesmere Port please follow them on Twitter here @Jigsaw_Law or visit their address location at: Jigsaw Law, Pioneer House, Pioneer Business Park, North Road, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire CH65

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