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The CPR Committee, at an open meeting on Friday 17 June 2016, considered reform of the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR) which is aimed at reducing the number of rules and practice directions. Lord Justice Briggs, Deputy Head of Civil Justice set out the purpose of the reform and suggested the first Parts to be considered for reform.
Lord Justice Briggs set out that the CPR Committee is considering a ‘cleaning up’ of the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR). The aim is to make the rules more concise. Briggs LJ's inclination was to invite the committee members to focus on narrowly
defined and attainable objectives; he noted that some of suggestions received had taken a more liberal view than had been anticipated. The suggestions cover a wide range of Parts and practice directions and make various suggestions including addressing
the impact on litigants in person and whether the Parts should focus on main stream civil procedure issues with more specialist provisions being put into a set of separate rules. No information is given as to who made the suggestions but it should
be noted that the reform was discussed at the Open meeting and non-Committee members that attended to view the meeting were invited to provide suggestions when applying to attend. The views are available here:
It was agreed by the CPR Committee that the reform process would start with looking at the simpler Parts and associated practice directions. Lord Justice Briggs suggested the following Parts for reform:
First tranche for reform:
Second tranche for reform:
There were various discussions between members of the CPR Committee and agreement was reached that the reform would start with CPR 12 and CPR 14. The members of the sub-committee will be Master Roberts and Mr Masood Ahmed. The next Parts to be subject
to reform will be CPR 3 and CPR 39.
It maybe that during the reform process information currently in practice directions would be added into the Parts so dispensing with the existing practice directions. This was in part to address the public views which had been expressed as to whether
there was any need for a split between Parts and practice directions. It is felt that in some cases information had been incorporated within practice directions rather than within the rules found in the Parts of the CPR on the basis that it is easier
to bring into force changes to practice directions.
Some points to note are:
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