MORE ABOUT THE CLAIMS PORTAL: AMENDMENTS RELATING TO LEGAL PROFESSIONALS RESPONDING TO CLAIM IS NOW REVOKED: KEEP UP TO DATE WITH TWITTER…

Another tweet from HMSCTS clarifies the position in relation to defendant’s compulsory use of the claims portal which was discussed yesterday.

It appears that the amendments relating to legal professionals responding to claims has not simply been postponed, but this part of the Practice Direction has been revoked (before it came into force…).

 

THE TWEETS

In response to a question from one of the people responsible for updating the green book about whether the amendments in the 145th PD update need to be done, HMCTS said in a tweet late this afternoon.

 

“Hi Beccy, thanks for your tweet. Practice Direction update 145 is now revoked as this applies to legal professionals responding to claims. Please get in touch via DM if you need anything further.”

THE EXPLANATION

The explanation for this may be from the fact, as other Twitter users observed, that the system often did not allow defences to be filed. The problem was reported, but apparently not fixed.  This would, one imagine, provide a slight discouragement to defendants attempting to use the system.

THE CURRENT FARCE

The current farcical situation is that HMCTS is currently refusing to issue proceedings not using the portal, probably unlawfully and often incorrectly.  Yet defendants cannot use the system properly.   It is difficult to see whether this is farce or tragedy.