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Speech by Lord Justice Jackson: Reforming The Civil Justice System – The Role of IT Society for Computers and Law


“All of the planned reforms have consequences for the IT systems used by solicitors. Hence the importance of giving as much notice as possible to the profession about what is coming. Some of the reforms generate the need for specific software, as discussed in this section.

3.2 Standard directions and model directions. An application is currently in an advanced stage of production that will generate appropriate directions in county court cases throughout the country. It is intended that it should be used also for High Court cases in the QBD outside London. It will be the first step towards the implementation of the recommendations contained in paragraphs 5.2 and 5.3 of FR Chapter 39. It incorporates the standard directions which will form the basis of the new CPR Rule 29.1(2):

“When drafting case management directions both the parties and the court should take as their starting point any relevant model directions and standard directions which can be found online at … and adapt them as appropriate to the circumstances of the particular case.”

This will be available to all judges and will enable them to generate orders for directions appropriate to any particular type of case. The intention is that templates of such directions, for the use of legal advisers and litigants in person, will be placed on a Government website, possibly the Justice site – although the precise home is still under discussion – so that they are accessible to all. There will be a facility to update them as required…”

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