A backlog of civil cases, ineffective IT and covid-19-related claims will trigger a “tsunami” of litigation in the civil justice system, a report warns.

“Without alternative dispute resolution (ADR) firmly in the centre of the civil justice system and managed online the civil courts will be overwhelmed”, warned Tony Guise, a long-time campaigner for civil justice reform and author of the white paper.

He said if “the wrong call” is made, the volume of new civil claims will likely overwhelm the civil courts in England and Wales – and “money alone is not the answer”.

The report, Breaking the Backlog and overcoming the Tsunami of civil litigation, was published by...

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