Legislation to enable online proceedings is ‘drafted in a way that fails to acknowledge the fundamental right to a fair hearing’ a group of peers has warned.The Courts and Tribunals (Online Procedure) Bill provides for online procedures in civil and family courts in the First-tier Tribunal and Upper Tribunal and in employment tribunals and the Employment Appeal Tribunal. The online court is a key component of the government’s courts reform strategy. The bill creates an Online Procedure Rule Committee (OPRC) to sit alongside the existing rule committees that determine procedural rules in court and tribunal proceedings.The government said that the bill is initially intended to apply solely to low value money claims up to the value of £25,000. However in a report published today the Lords Constitution Committe notes that ‘nothing in the bill limits the use of online procedures to such cases’.It says: ‘While ministers may have no intention of using the powers provided by the bill to undermine the right to an oral hearing, it is incumbent on parliament to frame the powers it confers in a way that acknowledges and respects fundamental constitutional principles.’The report also warns that people who do not own a computer, who do not use the internet or who struggle with literacy could be disadvantaged by online proceedings.The bill will progress to the Lords committee stage on Monday 10 June. It has yet to pass through the Commons.
KRISTIAN Jeffrey will enter the Radical Caribbean Cup with a ‘fresh coat of paint’ from Torginol after the company branded his SR3 yesterday.At a brief ceremony, Mohamed S. Ally, company secretary of the paint brand, contended that the partnership represented a pair of aces.“Kristian is an ace driver in this country and Torginol is top notch when it comes to paint, so ace with ace is a winning team,” Ally added.Ally did not rule out the idea of a deal extending beyond the race meet, saying that, “There is a distinct possibility that this may be so, but I don’t commit 100% to that right now. This is our first getting-together with Kristian and let us hope that it grows from strength to strength.”He continued, “Kristian is a winner and Torginol paint is a winner and we will paint the entire racetrack W.I.N.” Jeffrey believes that with the new-look on his Radical, he is definitely better equipped to take on the competition.“Torginol came on board and as Mr Ally said, ‘it’s the best paint in Guyana’, so hopefully, I can help to market the product better.”“Definitely with this help, it puts us in a better position. We’ve acquired some more tyres to do some additional testing, and we should be up there to win,” Jeffrey added. Jeffrey, along with fellow Guyanese Mark Vieira and Calvin Ming, will represent team Guyana in the cup.Barbados has the Maloney brothers in point leader Stuart, third placed Mark and Sean Maloney.Second placed Isa Deen, out of Trinidad, will be joined by countrymen, Luke Bhola and Kristian Boodoosingh, to confirm the nine car line up.The first of the three twenty-lap races will take place on Saturday, with the remaining two set for Sunday. read more