Closed Consultations

  • Review of the Brussels I Regulation - How should the UK approach the negotiations

    Reference number: CP18/10 The Government is seeking views on the European Commission’s proposals to repeal and replace the current Brussels I Regulation. The Regulation is concerned with private international law matters that arise in the context of jurisdiction and the recognition and enforcement of judgments in civil and commercial matters. The Regulation concerns uniform rules to settle conflicts of jurisdiction, facilitate the mutual recognition and enforcement of... More
    Closed 11 February 2011
  • Cross-undertakings in damages in environmental judicial review claims

    Reference number: CP17/10 The circumstances in which a court will issue an interim injunction in environmental judicial review proceedings without requiring a cross-undertaking in damages may be too limited. This consultation seeks views on proposed factors to be considered by a court when deciding if a cross-undertaking in damages should be given by an applicant seeking an interim injunction. It also seeks views on whether these factors should be set out in court rules... More
    Closed 24 February 2011
  • Matrimonial property regimes and the property consequences of registered partnerships

    Reference number: CP 8/2011 The European Commission has published two proposed regulations concerning jurisdiction, applicable law and the recognition and enforcement of decisions in matters concerning matrimonial property regimes and the property consequences of registered partnerships. This consultation paper seeks views on the position the UK should take during the forthcoming negotiations. More
    Closed 20 May 2011
  • Draft Defamation Bill

    The draft Defamation Bill and accompanying consultation paper contain provisions reforming the law to strike the right balance between protection of freedom of speech and protection of reputation. This consultation seeks views on the draft Bill. More
    Closed 10 June 2011
  • Fee increases in the United Kingdom Supreme Court

    This paper sets out for consultation the increase to the Permission to Appeal application fee charged at the UK Supreme Court. It consults upon the scale and rate of the increase. In addition it consults on increases in all fees charged at the court to take account of yearly inflation. More
    Closed 13 June 2011
  • Solving disputes in the county courts

    The consultation 'Solving disputes in the county courts: creating a simpler, quicker and more proportionate system' sets out, and seeks views on, proposals to reform the civil justice system in the courts in England and Wales. This consultation is aimed at the public, at business, and all those who have an interest in the civil justice system in England and Wales. More
    Closed 30 June 2011
  • The draft charter for the current Coroner Service

    Reference number: CP 5/2011 This consultation paper sets out, and seeks views on, the proposal to publish a draft charter for the current Coroner Service. This consultation is aimed at coroners, coroners' officers, voluntary organisations who deal with bereavement, local authorities, bereaved people and all those who have an interest in the Coroner Service. You can respond to this consultation using either the online or word versions of the questionnaire. More
    Closed 5 September 2011
  • How should the UK approach the EU proposal to create a European Asset Preservation Order?

    Reference number: CP 14/2011 The European Commission has published a proposed Regulation creating a European Account Preservation Order (EAPO) to facilitate cross-border debt recovery in civil and commercial matters. The proposal will provide an alternative to existing domestic freezing orders in cross-border cases. This consultation paper seeks views on the proposal including whether it is in the UK’s national interests to be a party to this Regulation, i.e. whether... More
    Closed 14 September 2011
  • Options for dealing with squatters

    This consultation is aimed at anyone affected by squatters or has experience of using the current law or procedures to get them evicted. Squatting usually involves the deliberate entry and occupation of a building without the consent of the property owner. The purpose of this consultation is to gather more information about the extent of problems caused by squatters, and to invite views on whether, and how, existing criminal and civil mechanisms should be strengthened to deal... More
    Closed 5 October 2011
  • Public Bodies Bill: reforming the public bodies of the Ministry of Justice

    This consultation sets out, and seeks views on, proposals for reform relating to the majority of Ministry of Justice bodies in the Public Bodies Bill. The consultation is aimed particularly at those statutory consultees listed in Clause 10 of the Bill but views are welcomed from others who may have an interest in public bodies reform in the Ministry of Justice. More
    Closed 11 October 2011
  • Strategy for the Secure Estate for Children and Young People in England and Wales

    The consultation invites views on a proposed strategy for the under-18 secure estate for the years 2011/12 and 2014/15. It is aimed at individuals and organisations with an interest in the youth justice system and youth custody in particular. This includes secure estate providers, youth justice practitioners and service providers, childrens charities and related third sector pressure groups, co-commissioners in health and education, local authority children’s services managers,... More
    Closed 11 October 2011
  • Regulation fees paid by claims management businesses

    Reference number: CP 20/11 This consultation seeks views on the fees for applications for authorisation and annual fees for the regulation year 1 April 2012 to 31 March 2013. It also seeks initial views on all businesses providing an audited statement of turnover when requested during the annual fee renewal exercise. This consultation is primarily aimed at persons authorised to provide regulated claims management services in England and Wales under the Compensation Act 2006 and... More
    Closed 23 December 2011
  • Cost Protection for Litigants in Environmental Judicial Review Claims

    Reference number: CP16/11 This consultation seeks views on the Government’s proposals to codify the current case law on protective costs orders (PCOs) in relation to judicial review claims which fall under the Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-Making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (the ‘Aarhus Convention’). This includes those covered by the Public Participation Directive (Directive 2003/35/EC). PCOs are orders developed... More
    Closed 18 January 2012
  • Fees in the High Court and Court of Appeal

    A consultation proposing changes to fees in the High Court and Court of Appeal Division. It is aimed at users of the High Court and Court of Appeal Civil Division, the legal profession, the judiciary, the advice sector and all with an interest in this area in England and Wales. The aim of these proposals is to charge users of these two jurisdictions more proportionally for the resource their cases consume, while protecting access to justice for the most vulnerable. This will reduce the... More
    Closed 7 February 2012
  • Appointments and Diversity: A Judiciary for the 21st Century

    Reference CP19/2011 A consultation on proposed amendments to the statutory and regulatory frameworks for judicial appointments, together with improving judicial diversity. Although the principle of appointment on merit will remain, the changes will enable clear career progression and flexible working arrangements to encourage applications from previously untapped talent pools. The wide ranging consultation seeks views whether, when considering two candidates of equal... More
    Closed 13 February 2012
  • Youth court locations in Lancashire

    Reference CP21/2011 HM Courts & Tribunals Service Lancashire is considering proposals to change the existing number of youth court venues from the current eleven sites to six sites, following a reduction in this type of business listed in Lancashire in recent years. This consultation paper sets out those proposals and seeks responses from stakeholders who may be affected. More
    Closed 29 February 2012
  • Introducing fees in employment tribunals and Employment Appeal Tribunal

    Reference CP22/2011 This consultation is aimed at users of the employment tribunals and the Employment Appeal Tribunal, the legal profession, the judiciary, the advice sector and all with an interest in this area in England, Wales and Scotland. Bringing a claim or an appeal to the employment tribunal or the Employment Appeal Tribunal is currently free of charge with the full cost of running the tribunals being met by the taxpayer. The aim of these proposals is reduce the... More
    Closed 6 March 2012
  • Call for Evidence on the European Commission's data protection proposals and Impact Assessment

    The Government is seeking evidence on new legislative proposals for data protection which were published by the European Commission on 25 January 2012. More
    Closed 6 March 2012
  • Legal Services Board and Office for Legal Complaints triennial reviews

    Triennial Review programme The Government’s response to the Public Administration Select Committee report ‘Smaller Government: Shrinking the Quango state’ sets out the plans for reforming public bodies. It includes new triennial review requirements for non-departmental public bodies (NDPB). Triennial reviews are expected to take between 3 – 6 months and are carried out by the sponsor department of the respective bodies. The Ministry of Justice is the sponsor department... More
    Closed 30 March 2012
  • Getting it right for victims and witnesses

    This consultation is aimed at all criminal justice agencies, the victim support and advice sector, local authorities, the judiciary, all representative bodies and charitable organisations and members of the public with an interest in this area in England, Wales and Scotland. Part 1 sets out the Government’s proposed approach to ensuring that victims and witnesses get the support they need, both to overcome the consequences of crime and to participate fully in the criminal justice... More
    Closed 22 April 2012
  • Transforming bailiff action

    This paper sets out the proposals for transforming bailiff action and providing more protection against aggressive bailiffs. The aim of the proposals is to simplify and clarify the process, improve the accountability of enforcement agents and address unnecessary or inappropriate enforcement activity. More
    Closed 14 May 2012
  • A Common European Sales Law for the European Union - A proposal for a regulation

    The Government has issued a Call for Evidence about the impact, possible costs and benefits of the European Commission’s proposed Regulation for a Common European Sales Law. More
    Closed 21 May 2012
  • Giving legal effect to the administrative merger of the Crown Prosecution Service and the Revenue and Customs Prosecutions Office

    We are seeking your views on the proposal to give legal effect to the administrative merger of the Crown Prosecution Service and the Revenue and Customs Prosecutions Office. More
    Closed 22 May 2012
  • Extension of the Road Traffic Accident scheme to include employers' and public liability claims up to the value of £25,000

    The Prime Minister announced on 5 January that the current RTA scheme would be extended. Following publication of the responses to the 'Solving disputes in the county courts' consultation paper, the Government plans to extend the existing RTA PI Protocol to cover claims up to the value of £25,000 and to include employers' and public liability accident claims. We will also be reviewing the fixed recoverable costs in the RTA scheme. We welcome your views and evidence as to what... More
    Closed 25 May 2012
  • Punishment and reform: effective probation services

    Reference number: CP7/2012 This consultation paper sets out the conclusions of an internal review by the Secretary of State of how probation services in England and Wales can be improved. The intention is to ensure probation services are better able to achieve the outcomes in justice that matter to victims and communities: protecting the public, reducing reoffending and ensuring that offenders are properly punished. The consultation paper sets out clear proposals to meet... More
    Closed 22 June 2012
  • Punishment and Reform: effective community sentences

    Reference CP8/2012 This consultation sets out proposals for radical reforms to the way in which sentences served in the community operate. Victims and society have a right to expect that wrongdoing results in punishment, and that they will be protected from further reoffending. Ultimately our goal must be to reduce crime and see fewer victims. Consultation events As well as seeking written responses to the 'Punishment and Reform: Effective Community Sentences' and... More
    Closed 22 June 2012
  • Deferred Prosecution Agreements

    Reference number: Cm 8348 We are seeking your views on proposals to introduce a new enforcement tool: Deferred Prosecution Agreements. Treating economic crime more seriously and taking steps to combat it more effectively are key commitments in the Coalition agreement. We need to develop new tools for prosecutors to use alongside existing methods, to give them the flexibility to secure appropriate penalties for wrongdoing, at the same time as achieving better outcomes for... More
    Closed 9 August 2012
  • Proposals for the joint inspection of multi-agency arrangements for the protection of children

    Ofsted, the Care Quality Commission (CQC), Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC), Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Probation and Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons are committed to the introduction of a new joint inspection of multi-agency arrangements for the protection of children in England. These inspections will focus on the effectiveness of local authority and partners’ services for children who may be at risk of harm, including the effectiveness of early... More
    Closed 2 October 2012
  • Claims Management Regulation - proposals for amendments to the Conduct of Authorised Persons Rules

    The Claims Management Regulation Unit proposes to make a number of changes to the Conduct of Authorised Persons Rules to ensure that the regulatory system remains efficient, clear and sustainable. This follows an assessment of the current Conduct of Authorised Persons Rules by the Claims Management Regulation Unit. More
    Closed 3 October 2012
  • Insanity and Automatism

    The insanity defence in England and Wales is founded on nineteenth century legal concepts which have not kept pace with developments in medicine and psychiatry. Various bodies have reviewed the law and recommended reform but the substance of the defence has remained unchanged, and so the faults persist. There is now a greater recognition of the difficulties the criminal justice system faces in dealing with people with mental illness and learning disabilities and there is a growing pressure... More
    Closed 17 October 2012
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