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Legal Costs

Volume 507: debated on Tuesday 16 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he plans to publish his response to the Jackson review of litigation costs. (321827)

We are very grateful to Lord Justice Jackson for his far reaching report, which makes significant recommendations for reducing costs in the civil justice system. We are now actively assessing the implications of Sir Rupert's principle recommendations. This is a substantial task and will inevitably take some time. However, we will announce our next steps once this initial analysis is completed.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much his Department and its predecessors have spent in (a) legal fees and (b) compensation on legal cases concerning remuneration of its employees in each of the last 10 years. (322063)

Details of Legal Fees and Compensation paid on (and following) legal cases concerning remuneration of Ministry of Justice employees, excluding the National Offender Management Service, are shown for the last three financial years (and for 2009-10 to end of February 2010).

£

Legal Fees

Compensation

Total

2007-08

35,596

3,203

38,799

2008-09

67,145

232

67,377

2009-10

77,437

54,670

132,107

It is not possible to provide details covering years before 2007-08 without incurring disproportionate costs.

It has not been possible to provide information in answer to this question for the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) without incurring disproportionate cost. Many prison establishments defend and settle their own cases locally and records of compensation paid or legal fees are not retained centrally.