15 May, 2017
It has been confirmed that the Prisons and Courts Bill has been abandoned by the government following the announcement of the snap general election by Teresa May on the 8th June 2017. David Lidington, the Leader of the House of Commons, confirmed that the Bill had been scrapped and would not be rushed through Parliament prior to the election.
The Prisons and Courts Bill contained the government's proposed plans to amend the personal injury system, including plans to introduce a tariff system for whiplash damages and a ban on pre-medical offers.
It is likely that the Bill will be reinstated under a new Tory government, although much will depend on the incumbent Lord Chancellor. The Bill was still in the committee stage so even if the Conservative Party retains power, the Bill is unlikely to reach the legislative books in the foreseeable future.