BLM publishes MoJ portal analysis

24 May 2019

BLM has published an analysis of the data captured within the Ministry of Justice RTA portal from February 2019 to April 2019.

Click here to read the full report.

Key observations and conclusions this quarter include:

Observations
  • The volume of CNFs sent, when compared with the previous reporting year, has fallen by 7,895 (- 1.1 %) to 693,590 when compared with the same period last year, i.e. 98.9% of the previous year’s total volume.
  • Stage 1 exits, when compared with the previous reporting year, have fallen by 16,552 (- 10.5%) to 141,347, i.e. 89.5% of the previous year’s volume.
  • Stage 2 exits, when compared with the previous reporting year, have increased by 401 (+ 3.3%) to 12,568, i.e. 103.3% of the previous year’s volume.
  • The number of claims using the Exit Process, when compared with the previous reporting year, has increased by 2,836 (+ 1.8%) to 161,708, i.e. 101.8% of the previous year’s volume.
  • The percentage of CNFs exiting for one reason or another is 45.6%, which represents a decrease (- 2.0%) when compared with the previous reporting year’s figure of 47.6%.
  • Stage 2 settlements, when compared with the previous reporting year, have fallen by 5,794 (-3.4%) to 165,928, i.e. 96.6% of the previous year’s volume. However, the proportion of claims settling at Stage 2 remains consistent at around 24.0% of all claims notified.
  • Stage 3 court packs, when compared with the previous reporting year, have fallen by 2,549 (- 3.5%) to 71,274, i.e. 96.5% of the previous year’s volume.
Conclusions
  • CNFs sent – the volume of CNFs sent during 2018/19 (693,590) continues to fall to its lowest annual level – save for 2010 when the Portal was introduced – naturally, a positive sign reflecting the probable consequences of the Government’s package of proposed ‘whiplash’ reforms, widely expected to enter force in April 2020.
  • Stage 1 – the number of Stage 1 exits during 2018/19 also fell to its lowest annual level since inception of the Portal in 2010 – a further encouraging sign that fewer contentious claims (i.e. those for which liability is not admitted) are entering the Portal and exiting at the earliest opportunity.
  • Stage 2 – the number of Stage 2 exits during 2018/19 has, again, fallen to amongst its lowest levels since inception – a further positive sign, likely reflecting the fall in claims frequency.
  • General Exit Process – the number of claims using the general exit process actually increased to its highest level since 2015/16, albeit the proportion of claims exiting has fallen by 2.0% to 45.6% when compared with the previous reporting year. 
  • Claims YTD that either settled at Stage 2 or proceeded to Stage 3 together total 237,202 (34.2% of the total of CNFs sent), which represents a slight fall of 0.8% when compared with the previous reporting year (245,557).
  • The number of Stage 3 court packs prepared as a percentage of CNFs retained averages 19.0%, which represents a fall of 1.1% when compared with the same period during the previous reporting year – a positive sign.
  • Retained claims unaccounted for by either a Stage 2 settlement or a Stage 3 court pack total 140,765 (20.1%), which represents an increase of 17,297 claims (+ 2.6%) – a potentially negative sign. Analysis will continue to be required by customers to track the progress and lifecycle of claims which either stall at Stage 2 before being abandoned, stayed or resurrected (or are otherwise progressing through the Portal, e.g. claims where liability decisions remain outstanding) given that the published data does not capture this information.

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