In September the Ministry of Justice published the results of a consultation on medical reporting within the package of whiplash and small claims track reforms – due to be implemented in April next year for road traffic cases. The consultation ran for a month in April-May, and the resultant document sets out the government’s policy choices.
It is, however – as seems par for the course in this area – very light on detail. That is the conclusion of Alistair Kinley, director of policy and government affairs at law firm BLM.
“Given that the thrust of the proposals is much as was outlined in the consultation in the spring, it’s regrettable that the MoJ announcement of the measures has come in early September rather than in July as had been originally been expected,” he said. “That delay of a couple of months surely puts further pressure on the timetable to deliver these reforms, given that the April 2020 implementation looks to be inflexible – with 1 April 2020 mentioned in the body of the Civil Liability Act 2018.”