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CPR Committee are responsible for making and amending the civil procedure rules which apply to the Civil Court of Appeal, High Court and County Court. The Committee meet on a regular basis to discuss their work and the minutes of the 12
June 2015 meeting are now publically available and provide an insight into
up and coming changes and issues under discussion. The June minutes cover a wide range of issues:
Amendments are to be added to the next Making document
Update provided with earliest implementation date being mid November
An informal consultation and information paper is underway. Information provided on various aspects.
Whether sufficiently referenced in specialist court guides and the CPR
Amendments agreed. Note: two new gateways 12 and 12A dealing with claims made in respect of trusts came into effect on 6 April 2015. Further changes referred to in these minutes are:
The new proposed gateways and the rationale for them is set out in a report of the CPR Committee available here.
A new rule 3.1A for case management of cases involving litigants in person. Note: this takes into account the Court of Appeal decision in Re K and H (Children)  EWCA Civ 543 which was recently handed down. It held that the court has no power
to order HMCTS to pay for an advocate for the Litigant in Person.
No further progress.
Full report of the sub committee chaired by Coulson J due in July. Note: The costs subcommittee has been considering a variety of options and 'in particular the recent Harbour Lecture given by Lord Justice Jackson'. A the April minutes provided that individual
members of the sub-committee had raised some concerns and that a wide range of views would need to be considered. It would also need to consider the cost budgeting and costs management points considered by Senior Master Fontaine’s judicial working
group on clinical negligence cases which were being forwarded to the subcommittee for their consideration
First meeting of reformed sub committee to meet in June to discuss this new protocol.
Amendment re operation of the protocol in Wales.
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Janna is a dispute resolution lawyer. She deals primarily with cross border issues and is active in the work being undertaken in relation to the implications of Brexit for Dispute Resolutions lawyers. Janna also heads up a LexisNexis costs team bringing together expertise from across the company to deal with the costs issues facing the profession.
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