HC Deb 19 February 1990 vol 167 cc653-4
36. Mr. Favell

To ask the Attorney-General if he will make a statement on recent representations received on his plan to speed up the judicial process.

The Solicitor-General

Implementation of the main recommendations in the report of the civil justice review is being taken forward in the Courts and Legal Services Bill and in a programme of associated changes to the rules of court and administrative reforms.

Mr. Favell

As a fellow lawyer, does my right hon. and learned Friend agree that a lawyer's time is money, that the system often leads to far too long being spent on court procedures, and that the speeding up of that process would be most welcome?

The Solicitor-General

I agree with my hon. Friend. One of the proposed administrative reforms will require litigants to put their cards on the table at a much earlier stage in a case. That should speed up the administration of justice and facilitate a reduction in costs.