The Civil Procedure (Amendment) Rules have now been published. They cover a wide range of matters, all to take effect on 1 April (subject to certain specific transitional provisions relating to discrete sections).The full statutory instrument can be found here.
The most significant provisions are amendments in relation to costs management, as follows- :
- CPR rule 1.1(1) and (2) are amended to change the overriding objective to include the objective to deal with cases at proportionate cost (rule 4 of these Rules);
- the division of Part 3 of the CPR into Sections, the first containing current rules on case management (CPR rules 3.1 to 3.11) the second containing new rules on costs management (CPR rules 3.12 to 3.18) and the third containing rules on costs capping (CPR rules 3.19 to 3.21) (rule 5(a) to (c) and (h) of these Rules);
- an insertion into the Glossary of the definition of “budget” (rule 21(a) of these Rules);