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This Practice Note is archived and is for historical purposes only as the pilot scheme ended on 31 March 2013. For further information on costs budgeting, see: Costs budgeting and costs management—overview.
The Commercial Court costs pilot scheme (the Scheme) was set up to try and manage the costs of proceedings in line with the overriding objective in CPR 1.1. The provisions are set out in CPR PD 51G. The Scheme requires parties to produce a costs budget (Costs Budget) prior to the first CMC and to keep this up to date during the proceedings. The court will actively manage the costs of the case during the proceedings in accordance with the overriding objective and will either approve or disapprove changes to the Costs Budget. It may approve a Costs Budget by issuing a Costs Management Order, as appropriate.
For a similar scheme managing costs in defamation proceedings see Defamation costs pilot scheme [Archived].
The Scheme was introduced in August 2009 in the Birmingham TCC and Mercantile courts as part of Lord Justice Jackson's review of civil litigation costs. For more information see Pilot for the costs management of cases underway in the Birmingham TCC and Mercantile Court (News, 7 August 2009).
From 1 October 2011 the Scheme applied apply to all proceedings in TCC and Mercantile courts (not
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