26 May 2014
Lord Justice Jackson undertook a review of litigation procedure in 2009 with particular emphasis on the concerns expressed by the judiciary and others in relation to the high cost of litigation. This resulted in the publication of two reports (interim and final) in 2009/10, which made numerous recommendations proposing radical changes to litigation procedure. This was set against a background view that the costs of litigation were often the driving factor in many claims and that the courts had not managed claims efficiently or effectively.
Implementation - How and when?
The Jackson reforms were implemented on 1 April 2013 through a series of statutory and rule changes and through the introduction of various regulations. The statutory changes are found in the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act Part 2 (2012) (“LASPO”). This received Royal Assent on 1 May 2012. Most of the Act (Part 2) was implemented on 1 April 2013.
In addition, the Civil Procedure Rule Committee and Civil Justice Council have prepared many rule changes to the Civil Procedure Rules (the “CPR”)
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