MOJ circulate approved minutes of the CPRC open meeting held in May 2019

MOJ circulate approved minutes of the CPRC open meeting held in May 2019

On 10 May 2019, the Civil Procedure Rule Committee (CPR Committee) held an open meeting in which members of the public were invited to attend. The CPRC Open Meeting comprises two parts:

  1. the usual business of the CPR Committee, and
  2. a question and answer forum. The public attendees were able to submit questions in advance and these were then answered or discussed by the CPR Committee during the meeting

The approved minutes of that meeting have now been made available and both elements of the meeting are covered in the approved minutes:

Approved minutes of the May 2019 CPR Committee Open meeting

The usual business of the CPR Committee covered the following matters:

  1. County Court legal adviser pilot—final charging orders
  2. miscellaneous housing matters sub committee and related court forms
  3. Guardianship (Missing Persons) Act 2017
  4. CPR PD 22, para 3A: witness translation non-English speakers 
  5. lacuna sub committee—monthly update
  6. on line civil money claims (OCMC) sub committee
  7. understanding courts, a report by JUSTICE. A copy of the report is available here

The Question and answer session is documented in Appendix A of the minutes. This comprises 22 questions and answers covering a wide range of issues from the use of the courts to specific provisions within the CPR. In some instances the committee have set out the further action that they indeed to take.  Examples of the areas covered in the questions are: Litigants in person, appeals, the Business & Property Courts, the pre-action debt protocol, Whiplash claims, leases and tenancies, errors in form N5B, update to Precedent H, adducing expert evidence, public hearings and CPR 39.2, the Civil money claims system, the disclosure pilot scheme, dating of statements of case and the extent of digital working.

This article was first published on Lexis®PSL Dispute Resolution on 28 June 2019. For a free trial, click here.

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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 Resolution 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.