No change to Small Claims Limit
Good news for the injured victims of non-fault accidents - the small claims limit will remain unchanged.
The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has announced that the current Small Claims limit of £1,000 will not be increased to the proposed level of £5,000 - at least for the time being.
In a statement, the MoJ said "we have listened to the views of the Transport Committee and others that now may not be the right time to raise the Small Claims limit because it may deter access to justice for the genuinely injured. At this stage, we have decided to defer any increase to the Small Claims threshold, we believe that this is the right thing to do for all interests."
The Motor Accident Solicitors Society supported the move; "Our members will be breathing a huge sigh of relief. The Government has pulled back from the brink of denying thousands of legitimate claimants access to legal advice” Chairman Craig Budsworth said. He supported the MoJ’s move in “finding workable solutions that are proportionate, balanced between the interests of claimants and defendants, and favourable to all those who pay motor insurance."
Law Society Chief Executive Desmond Hudson described the announcement as “good news for accident victims and a victory for common sense”
Jigsaw Law is a specialist firm of claimant personal injury Solicitors, based in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, but with coverage throughout England and Wales. We welcome the news that enables the innocent victims of accidents to maintain their access to Justice.
If you have been involved in an accident that was not your fault then please contact us for free initial advice, to help you make a claim.
Steve Bradley 04.11.13