The Woolf Reforms: A Singular Event or an Ongoing Process?

Anthony Clarke

in The Civil Procedure Rules Ten Years On

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780199576883
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191702228 | DOI:
The Woolf Reforms: A Singular Event or an Ongoing Process?

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This chapter focuses on a concrete change which Woolf's reforms have made to English civil justice and procedural reform. Woolf intended to bring about a reduction in complexity, cost, and delay through improving the structure of the civil justice system and its procedural rules. The Woolf Reforms were fundamentally new, in that Lord Woolf called for a new approach to civil justice, a reform of litigation culture among legal practitioners, those they represent, and the judiciary. The change in litigation culture was achieved through three innovations: the introduction of active case management, the introduction of the overriding objective, and the imposition of a duty on litigants and their representatives to assist the court in furthering the overriding objective.

Keywords: Woolf; civil justice; procedural reform; procedural rules; Woolf Reforms; litigation culture; active case management; overriding objective

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Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law

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