'The reform of civil justice' is out now

Friday 23 March 2018

Sir Rupert Jackson, former Lord Justice of Appeal, co-authored the book with Stephen Clark of the Garden Court Chambers Civil Liberties, Immigration and Public Law teams.

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The reform of civil justice is now available to purchase.

This book is the 2nd edition of Lord Justice Jackson’s 2016 book “The Reform of Civil Litigation”, which offered a first-hand account from one of the great litigation reformers of the 21st Century about where the 2013 civil justice and costs reforms came from, what they were designed to achieve and what might be done in the future.

The change of title reflects the 2nd edition’s expanded scope, co-authored by Sir Rupert and Stephen Clark. In addition to updating the Chapters from the 1st edition to reflect developments in the last 2 years, the new edition looks at reforms to the broader civil justice system and what they mean for access to justice.

The new material in the 2nd edition includes:

  • coverage of Sir Rupert Jackson’s significant 2017 report on recoverable costs, which considers measures to extend fixed rate costs into parts of the multi-track;
  • a fuller discussion of civil justice reform projects before the twenty-first century;
  • an account of the post-Jackson reform projects, in particular the Briggs Reports and the Courts Modernisation Programme; and
  • coverage of other recent developments in costs management.

The Reform of Civil Justice is an ideal resource and guide for anyone – judge, practitioner or solicitor – looking to understand both the principles and practicalities that underpin the reform process, as well as gaining insight into what the future might hold. In the foreword to the 2nd edition, the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Burnett of Maldon, notes:

“Any work on the reform of civil justice that can trace the inherent difficulties back to Aristotle and arrive at the court reform programme via Thomas Aquinas, Sir Matthew Hale and Bentham (as well as the more conventional historical series of inquiries) does more than demonstrate learning but will stimulate thought and also entertain.”


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