The new J codes are coming

The original implementation of the Jackson reforms seems a long way back in time now and you may be aware that a pilot scheme will be operating for a new bill of costs from the 1st October 2015 through to 1st April 2016. The new format is based around the infamous “J codes” and is intended to further streamline the processes of managing costs and billing but also to assist with negotiation and assessments.

The current plan is for use of the new form to be compulsory for any cases where a costs management order and authority to assess are made on or after the 1st of April 2016. These codes may ultimately give rise to the adoption of e-billing as per the American LEDES system.

Users of Liberate case management will be comforted to know that the system is “J code” ready. Linetime will be closely monitoring the pilot scheme and more information will follow including detailing any action that may be required to handle the new bill format.