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LNB news: Gov.uk website to become ‘central point of reference’ for Civil Procedure Rules

15 March 2021
Categories: News , Procedure & practice
In a conversation with the Secretary to the Civil Procedure Rule Committee, Carl Poole, LexisNexis, has been able to confirm several key details regarding the pending migration of the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR) from their current location on the justice.gov.uk website to the gov.uk website
Lexis®Library update: As the contract maintaining justice.gov.uk is due to come to an end, a long-term project was commenced to make gov.uk the ‘central point of reference for all information’ concerning the CPR, and preserving their existing format to best effect.

The migration to gov.uk is taking place to meet certain ‘web accessibility and security requirements’, however some functionalities on the site made the process of a simple copy and paste from justice.gov.uk impossible to complete, and as such, redirects that had been in place have since been removed so that the legacy justice.gov.uk site is still accessible. To ensure the system meets the requirements, the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) is conducting further user testing to ensure the system is accessible.

To ensure that the CPR remains available to users throughout the migration process, the contract sustaining justice.gov.uk has been extended to cover the anticipated transition period, during which the MoJ is working on a review of all the issues involved with the transition, and consulting with a small group of key stakeholders, including judges, practitioners, publishers and wider lay sector representatives.

‘Further communications should be forthcoming in the next week or so’ (from week commencing 8 March 2021), Poole advises, stating that the communications are likely to be issued by MoJ/ministerial press teams. Unless anything changes following feedback from the consultation group, and when navigations issues have been amended, the CPR will exclusively be on gov.uk, however a date has yet to be set. In the meantime, users are recommended to keep an eye on ‘the usual channels’, including Twitter (see: @MoJGovUK).

This content was first published by LNB News / Lexis®Library, a LexisNexis® company, on 12 March 2021 and is published with permission. Further information can be found at: https://www.lexisnexis.co.uk/



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