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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: What’s the Verdict?

The Woolf Reforms: What’s the Verdict?

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The Civil Procedure Rules Ten Years On

Michael Zander

Oxford University Press

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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