Disclosure—Jackson Reforms [Archived]
Disclosure—Jackson Reforms [Archived]

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

  • Disclosure—Jackson Reforms [Archived]
  • Need for and purpose of April 2013 Jackson Reforms to disclosure
  • Summary of April 2013 Jackson reforms to disclosure

ARCHIVED: This Practice Note looks at the Jackson Reforms to CPR 31.5 on disclosure which came into force on 1 April 2013. The reforms set out to encourage the parties and the court to consider and determine, at an early stage, the most appropriate disclosure exercise for their case.

Note: this Practice Note only gives guidance on the provisions implemented in April 2013. It does not provide guidance on any subsequent procedural amendments (whether to the CPR or any other procedural rules). Neither does it provide guidance on the implementation or interpretation of the April 2013 (or any subsequent) procedural updates. For guidance on the Jackson Reforms one-year on and on subsequent CPR updates, see Practice Note: Jackson Reforms—one year on [Archived] and CPR Updates—overview respectively.

For information on disclosure post April 2013, see

  1. Practice Note: Disclosure obligations in multi track claims after April 2013—Jackson reforms. This covers the steps the parties need to take before the first CMC

  2. Practice Note: Disclosure ‘menu’ in multi track claims after April 2013—Jackson reforms. This covers the disclosure orders the court can make and the disclosure directions it can give

  3. Checklists: Checklist—pre-action disclosure considerations (April 2013) and Disclosure considerations under CPR 31 after proceedings have started—checklist

For more general information on disclosure — see Disclosure—overview

Need for and purpose of April 2013 Jackson Reforms to disclosure

The terms of reference for Lord Justice Jackson’s costs review included a requirement to ‘establish the effect case management procedures have on costs and consider whether changes in process an