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2016 saw the culmination of many months of consultations and meetings focused on tackling the backlog of cases in the Court of Appeal. A number of changes were proposed to reduce the workload in the Court of Appeal including raising the threshold test for permission to appeal. Not all of the proposed changes made it through the consultation process, but many did, resulting in (among other things) a brand new CPR 52, significant changes to the Practice Directions (in particular CPR PD 52A and CPR PD 52C) and the re-routing of appeals away from the Court of Appeal.
In this review of 2016 we consider:
the challenges faced by the Court of Appeal and the proposals to meet those challenges—see below
the significant changes made in 2016 to appeals, focusing on the new CPR 52, significant changes to the Practice Directions and the re-routing of appeals —see below
what the appeals landscape might look like in 2017 in terms of the practical effect of the 2016 amendments and further proposed changes—see below
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