A report launched today by the Civil Justice Council and Professor Richard Susskind suggests that claims under £25,000 should be heard in an online court.

The system would allow for low value disputes to be resolved quickly and save costs. Judges would decide cases online - interacting electronically with litigants including telephone or Skype.

Critics are concerned that this could lead to a two tiered legal system. With only those who can afford lawyers in big ticket litigation having 'their day in court'.