Proportionality

Proportionality definition

/prəpɔːʃ(ə)ˈnalɪti/

What does Proportionality mean?

A general principle in law that is underpinned by the need for fairness and justice. It is the idea that an action should not be more or less severe than is necessary and that competing interests in this regard should be carefully balanced.

Proportionality explained

The concept can be seen, by way of example, in the civil courts’ approach to litigation costs in England and Wales. The overriding objective, set out in Rule 1.1 of the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR 1.1), makes clear that cases should be dealt with justly and at proportionate cost, with CPR 1.1(2) setting out various ways in which this might be achieved.

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Principle of proportionality
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