After an enquiry in 1996, Lord Woolf produced a report entitled ‘Access to justice: final report’. Its focus was on the litigation procedure rather than the court system, although some structural changes have since been made.
litigation procedure rather than the court system
the court system rather than litigation procedure
The main source of procedural law is the Civil Procedural Rules 1998. It replaced the separate rules for the Supreme Court and the county courts.
Civil Procedural Rules 1998
The main practitioner book is called Civil Procedure, also known as ‘The White Book’ (Scott and Whitaker, 2013). It started as one volume; now it is two. At the time of writing, volume 1 contains the CPR and commentary. It is over 2800 pages long. A daunting length for even a lawyer to navigate, let alone a ‘litigant-in-person’. Perhaps such re-complication is an inevitable result of lawyers’ scrutiny
"The Green Book"
" The White Book"
In 2010, Lord Justice Jackson carried out a review of civil litigation costs, following concerns that the Woolf reforms had backfired and costs had increased. He made a range of recommendations to try and reduce the costs incurred in the situation, which included the assumption that a cost of the access to justice must be proportionate to the value of the case. He noted that the serious complaints were about increasing costs and ongoing problems with non-compliance of the pre-action protocols, and re-emergence of a judicial tolerance towards delays.
The Jackson Reform
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