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The Civil Procedure Rules at 20$
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Andrew Higgins

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780198863182

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198863182.001.0001

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The Civil Procedure Rules Twenty Years On

The Civil Procedure Rules Twenty Years On

The Practitioners’ Perspective

(p.3) 1 The Civil Procedure Rules Twenty Years On
The Civil Procedure Rules at 20

Damien Byrne Hill

Maura McIntosh

Oxford University Press

Cost and delay have always been the two great challenges facing the civil justice system. Lord Woolf sought to address these issues with his recommendations, which were largely implemented in the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR) twenty years ago. Lord Justice Jackson again took up the challenge in his Review of Civil Litigation Costs ten years later, leading to further significant reforms. But the reform process is far from over, with the rules on disclosure and witness statements currently in the spotlight. This chapter considers how the CPR and the various reforms have worked in practice from the perspective of the commercial solicitor, and whether more needs to be done to address the challenges.

Keywords:   civil procedure rules, disclosure, witness statements, case management, commercial litigation, litigation costs

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