Further CPR amendments published

Last week saw the publication of yet another statutory instrument setting out upcoming changes to the CPR (The Civil Procedure (Amendment No 4) Rules 2014, SI 2014/867).  Whilst these will come into force on Tuesday 22 April , the associated changes to the practice directions are set out in a ‘Making’ document. Whilst a draft has been made available by the MOJ, it has yet to finalised at the time of writing.

This new SI brings the total to four SIs coming into force in April to implement CPR changes.  A further SI is also on the cards as the CPR Committee is currently considering a 28 day party agreement to extension of time in certain circumstances.  We understand the intention is to implement this as soon as possible – so watch this space.

The SI setting out the fourth lot of amendments deals with a number of issues including the changes to Part 3 dealing with costs budgeting. The issues covered are:

  • changes to costs budgeting, including a new blanket costs budgeting exemption across all courts for any claim valued at £10m or more and the circumstances in which the court will make a costs management order
  • amendments enabling certain permission applications to be made to any judge of the High Court (currently, such applications can only be made to a judge of the Queen’s Bench Division)
  • consequential amendments in relation to the introduction of the single County Court, enforcement and committal

For information on all the CPR changes, see our previous post. Subscribers to LexisPSL Dispute Resolution can also click through to our Practice Note for further details. 

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