The Law Gazette has reported this morning that the Civil Procedure Rules Committee (CPRC) is yet to discuss the development of Pre-Action Protocol which will be necessary for the new Litigant in Person friendly portal, which is scheduled to be launched in April 2020.
Minutes of CPRC meetings show that the detailed proposals were due to be provided to the MOJ in mid-September, almost two months ago. Matters are complicated further by the General Election, which prevents talks from taking place until after 12 December 2019. It is also clear that the CPRC will be approaching the creation of the Pre-Action Protocol very carefully with committee chair Lord Justice Coulson “caution in devising a system which was so radical that it generated a potential need for two sets of rules’ for unrepresented and represented parties”. Reading between the lines – the CPRC does not wish to be rushed.