Tony Guise takes an imaginary peek inside the in-tray of the Master of the Rolls

As Sir Geoffrey settles into his new role, we can take a glimpse into what awaits in his in-tray stacked high with Civil Justice Council (CJC) final reports awaiting action.

First, it is worth looking at three issues that will define his tenure as Master of the Rolls (MR): funding civil justice reform, IT and civil justice and alternative dispute resolution (ADR).

The quickest way to understand the scale of the challenge regarding funding the modernisation (digitisation) programme is – there is no funding.  

The 2015 financial settlement, with its £1.4 billion, has run out and HM Treasury seems less than keen to meet Ministry of Justice (MoJ) demands for more cash. It’s not that the Treasury has s...

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