The impact of the Jackson reforms and cuts in legal aid on business in the Chancery Division are to be assessed after the Chancellor of the High Court last week announced a review.
Sir Terence Etherton has asked Mr Justice Briggs to lead the review of the practice and procedure of the Chancery Division, both in and outside London, with a brief to make recommendations for change.
He will assisted by Mr Justice Newey and an experienced advisory panel.
The timetable is to produce a provisional report by end of July, followed by a three-month consultation, with the final report published by the end of the year.
Consultees are currently being contacted with a questionnaire and are being invited to provide initial views by the end of March.
The review’s terms of reference are:
- To review the current practices and procedures for the conduct of business in the Chancery Division of the High Court, taking into account the changes about to be implemented following the Jackson report;
- To consider whether the case management of business in the Chancery Division best serves the needs of court users and, if not, to make proposals for change;
- To consider whether the current basis for the allocation of judicial resources for business in the Chancery Division makes best use of the available skills and experience of those exercising judicial functions there and, if not, to make proposals for change; and
- To consider the implications for business in the Chancery Division of the imminent reduction in the availability of legal aid, and to make recommendations designed to secure the best access to justice for self-represented litigants.
For a copy of the court user questionnaire, click here .