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Chancery Modernisation Review

Lord Justice Briggs’ provisional report on Chancery modernisation has been published.

Provisional Report published 30 July 2013

Lord Justice Briggs:

“The publication of this provisional report is a milestone in this first in-depth review of the practice and procedure of the Chancery Division for 30 years.

“It follows an intensive process of consultation and analysis between the review team and the whole of the chancery community, both in London and around the country.It is backed by a statistical survey of the work of the Division in an unprecedented level of detail.

“Its main finding is that the Chancery Division provides a high quality, flexible and specialist service to its thousands of court users, but that there is work to be done to ensure that it continues to do so for many years to come.

“The report proposes changes in culture that need to be embraced by judges, lawyers, court staff and court users alike if this goal is to be achieved in these challenging times.It makes over 100 detailed recommendations.

“The report is provisional in every sense. Nothing is set in stone.There is now to be a three month period of consultation before a final report is written.I hope that, as has already happened, those who use and value the Chancery Division will let me have their further ideas and advice.Your contributions thus far have been invaluable.”

The provisional report is available in right-hand links section of this page.

Terms of Reference

To review the current practices and procedures for the conduct of business in the Chancery Division of the High Court, taking into account the changes about to be implemented following the Jackson Report.
To consider whether the case management of business in the Chancery Division best serves the needs of court users and, if not, to make proposals for change.
To consider whether the current basis for the allocation of judicial resources for business in the Chancery Division makes best use of the available skills and experience of those exercising judicial functions there and, if not, to make proposals for change.
To consider the implications for business in the Chancery Division of the imminent reduction in the availability of Legal Aid, and to make recommendations designed to secure the best access to justice for self represented litigants.
To report within 12 months.

Indicative Programme

Provisional report by end July 2013
Consultation by end October 2013
Report by end December 2013