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The Civil Procedure Rules Ten Years On$
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Déirdre Dwyer

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199576883

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199576883.001.0001

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

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

(p.32) (p.33) 2 The Woolf Reforms: A Singular Event or an Ongoing Process?
The Civil Procedure Rules Ten Years On

Anthony Clarke

Oxford University Press

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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