CPR changes—February to April 2017 [Archived]
CPR changes—February to April 2017 [Archived]

The following Dispute Resolution guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • CPR changes—February to April 2017 [Archived]
  • In force on 28 February 2017—costs in Aarhus Convention claims, judicial review and Admiralty claims
  • In force on 6 March 2017—trial fees and miscellaneous provisions about land
  • In force on 31 March 2017—closure of County Court hearing centres
  • In force on 1 April 2017—legal advisers in the County Court and electronic working in the Rolls Building
  • In force on 6 April 2017—case and costs management, fixed costs in road traffic claims, references to the European Court and appeals in respect of IP claims
  • Forms

ARCHIVED: this archived Practice Note is not maintained and is for background information purposes only. Further, some of the links may not direct you to the provisions as at the date the guidance in this Practice Note was published. For further information on previous and/or subsequent amendments to the CPR, see: CPR Updates—overview and Civil procedure rule committee minutes—overview.

This following amendments will be made to the CPR on the dates as set out below. These changes are contained in The Civil Procedure (Amendment) Rules 2017, SI 2017/95 and the 88th Update Practice Direction amendments Making Document.

In force on 28 February 2017—costs in Aarhus Convention claims, judicial review and Admiralty claims

Changes to CPR 45 and CPR PD 45—costs in relation to Aarhus Convention claims

Section VII of CPR 45 is substituted with a new section for the purposes of giving effect to the Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-Making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (Aarhus Convention) and ensuring such claims are not 'prohibitively expensive'.

New CPR 45.43 creates limits on costs recoverable in Aarhus Convention claims. Consequently, paragraphs 5.1 and 5.2 of CPR PD 45 will be deleted. New CPR 45.44 provides the power for a court to vary or remove these limits. New CPR 45.45 provides for the defendant to challenge that the