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The Woolf Reforms: What’s the Verdict?

Michael Zander

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/9780199576883.003.0022
The Woolf Reforms: What’s the Verdict?

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This chapter focuses on the Woolf Reforms and their effects on civil litigation process. It also argues that Lord Woolf based his proposals on very little empirical evidence, and overlooked other evidence that was available to him. In terms of Lord Woolf's aims — the reduction of cost, delay, complexity, and excessive adversarialism — there is little evidence of success. Instead there is significant evidence that, with the possible exception of the culture of adversarialism, the situation has got worse.

Keywords: Woolf Reforms; civil litigation; Lord Woolf; cost; delay; complexity; adversarialism

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Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law

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