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Group Litigation, Class Actions, and Collective Redress: An Anniversary Reappraisal of Lord Woolf’s Three Objectives

Susan MC Gibbons

in The Civil Procedure Rules Ten Years On

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780199576883
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191702228 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199576883.003.0007
Group Litigation, Class Actions, and Collective Redress: An Anniversary Reappraisal of Lord Woolf’s Three Objectives

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In his Final Report on Access to Justice, Lord Woolf identified three fundamental objectives for the English multi-party litigation regime. This chapter critically analyses those objectives, focusing primarily on group litigation and Group Litigation Orders (GLOs). Taking each objective in turn, it examines selected procedural mechanisms, tools, and techniques. It reflects on the quality and extent of guidance provided by CPR Part 19 which sets out GLO rules, and finally, it considers key recent and proposed reforms.

Keywords: Final Report on Access Justice; Lord Woolf; multi-party litigation; group litigation; Group Litigation Orders; GLOs

Chapter.  21036 words. 

Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law

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