MPs have launched an inquiry into government proposals to raise the small claims limit for personal injury through secondary legislation.
The House of Commons justice committee, which is chaired by the barrister MP Bob Neill, said yesterday that it would hold a single evidence session early next year leading to a published report.
The inquiry will analyse the impact of controversial plans to raise the small claims limit to £5,000 for whiplash claims relating to road traffic accidents, and to £2,000 for other personal injury claims.
It will also look at a proposal to move towards online court procedures, including the potential impact on claims management companies and on the operation of the market for before-the-event legal expenses insurance.
The deadline for written submissions is December 22.