The sage advice of Master Yoda: “Always in motion is the future” (Star Wars V, 1980) is worth remembering.

The courts must not be overwhelmed. The rule of law and access to justice must prevail. Just as we protected our NHS, we can protect the civil courts and control the tsunami of litigation.

Imagine for a moment that it is January 2021. How have the civil jurisdictions in England and Wales coped with overcoming the backlog and the tsunami of litigation generated by the pandemic and the lockdown? One vision of that future could project certain scenarios. 

Possession cases

The stayed cases were due to be unstayed on 23 August 2020 but the date has been postponed again. They are n...

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