31 July 2012Print This Post

Costs pilots extended as new experts guidance is published

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The three costs pilots running in the county court and High Court are set to be extended for a further six months, it has emerged

The draft 59th update of the Civil Procedure Rules says that the pilots – which were all due to end on 30 September 2012 – should now run until 31 March 2013

The pilots are the the county court provisional assessment scheme, and costs management in defamation proceedings and in mercantile courts and technology and construction courts

The first two have both previously been extended, while the latter has been going for a year

The provisional assessment move may come as a surprise given that Lord Justice Jackson, in a speech in January, said he would recommend to the rule committee that it be rolled out nationally after encouraging results from the pilot's first year

In the first master's decision arising from defamation pilot, Master Hurst disallowed a £300,000 overrun because there was zp8497586rq

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