Provisional assessment pilot scheme (county courts) [Archived]

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  • Provisional assessment pilot scheme (county courts) [Archived]
  • Jackson reforms
  • What is this?
  • Where and when is it running?
  • When does the pilot scheme apply?
  • What rules apply?
  • What do I need to do?
  • What did the court do?
  • What if I want an oral hearing?
  • Costs of the oral hearing
  • More...

Provisional assessment pilot scheme (county courts) [Archived]

ARCHIVED: This document is being retained for historical purposes only. This pilot scheme ended on 31 March 2013.

For information on provisional assessment, see Practice Note: Provisional assessment.

Jackson reforms

Lord Justice Jackson in his report on this pilot scheme dated 13 January 2012 concluded that the pilot scheme has been a success and recommended that it be rolled out nationally with training being given to staff and district judges to assist them with this. Draft rules were drawn up to be put to the Rule Committee in due course. For more information on this report, see News Analysis: Lord Justice Jackson report on provisional assessment pilot.

What is this?

The County Court Provisional Assessment Scheme (the Scheme) was a pilot scheme by which parties were entitled to request a written detailed assessment of costs with the option of then asking for an oral assessment hearing.

Where and when is it running?

The Scheme was piloted in the Leeds, York and Scarborough county courts. It ran until 31 March 2013.

When does the pilot scheme apply?

The Scheme applied to detailed assessment hearings which were commenced on or after 1 October 2010 in which the base costs claimed were £25,000 or less.

What rules apply?

The rules in relation to the Scheme were set out in Practice Direction 51E.

When the Scheme applied, old rule 47 applied with modifications. Those

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