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Civil Justice Council

The primary role of the Civil Justice Council (CJC) is to advise the Lord Chancellor, the Judiciary and the Civil Procedure Rule Committee on civil matters.

Chairman of the Civil Justice Council and Master of the Rolls is Sir Geoffrey Vos, pictured right.

 

News and Updates from the Civil Justice Council

Latest News:

30 July 2021

The Civil Justice Council has published its final report on guideline hourly rates (opens in a new tab).

12 July

The Civil Justice Council has published a report (PDF, opens in a new tab) concluding that compulsory ADR is lawful. The full story can be read online (opens in a new tab).

18 June 2021

In April 2021, the CJC responded to a MoJ consultation on Judicial Review (PDF, opens in a new tab).

7 June 2021

The Civil Justice Council are pleased to announce the reappointment of the following members (external link, opens in a new tab) for an additional term of three years:

  • Jo Hickman – Solicitor member
  • Andrew Parker – Insurer member
  • Ian Karet – Another field of civil justice member

And the reappointment of the following member for an additional term of 18 months:

  • William Wood QC – ADR provider member

3 June 2021

CJC publishes interim report on The Resolution of Small Claims (PDF, opens in a new tab).

24 May 2021

The Civil Justice Council is looking to recruit five new members. The deadline for applications (external link, opens in a new tab) is 11 June 2021 at 12 noon. The vacancies are for those with the following qualifications/skills/experience in relation to civil justice:

  • A barrister
  • Analysis, information architecture, econometrics
  • Digital technologies, information technology
  • Small and medium-sized enterprises
  • Other areas of expertise relevant to civil justice.

9 February 2021

In December 2020, the CJC responded to a MoJ consultation (opens in a new tab) (PDF, opens in new tab) to align fees for online and paper civil money and possession claims.

29 January 2021

Watch videos of the CJC’s 9th National Forum on access to justice for those without means (opens in a new tab), which took place in December 2020.

8 January 2021
Consultation on Guideline Hourly Rates – open until 31 March 2021 (opens in a new tab)

18 December 2020
CJC publishes final report on low value personal injury claims (opens in a new tab).

30 November 2020

The Civil Justice Council’s ninth annual National Forum on access to justice for those without means will take place online on Friday 11 December 2020 between 8.30am to 4.30pm. Details of the event can be found on Eventbrite (external link, opens in a new tab).

27 October 2020

Civil Justice Council reviewing guideline hourly rates (opens in a new tab)

27 October 2020

Civil Justice Council launches review of Pre-action Protocols (opens in a new tab)

8 October 2020

Civil Justice Council report highlights serious issues with how the civil courts respond to anti-social behaviour (opens in a new tab)

5 June 2020

Civil Justice Council report on the impact of COVID-19 on civil court users published (opens in a new tab)

7 May 2020

As part of the Civil Justice Council’s rapid review of the impact of COVID-19 measures on the civil justice system, a virtual consultation meeting will take place on Monday 11 May 2020, between 5-6pm. Details of the event can be found on Eventbrite (external link, opens in a new tab).

1 May 2020

Rapid Consultation: The impact of COVID-19 measures on the civil justice system (opens in a new tab)

24 February 2020

Civil Justice Council: 8th National Forum on Access to Justice for those without means (opens in a new tab)

20 February 2020

Civil Justice Council proposes better assistance for vulnerable witnesses (opens in a new tab)

23 December 2019

CJC consultation response to the Ministry of Justice – Housing Possession Court Duty Scheme: towards a more sustainable future (opens in a new tab)

5 November 2019

The Civil Justice Council are pleased to announce the reappointment of the following members (external link, opens in a new tab) for an additional term of three years:

  • Diane Astin – Another field of civil justice member
  • Nicola Critchley – Insurance member
  • Matthew Smerdon – Lay member

And the reappointment of the following member for an additional term of one year:

  • Ian Karet – Another field of civil justice member

14 October 2019

New report on Fixed Recoverable Costs in Lower Value Clinical Negligence Claims (opens in a new tab)

New report on Boundary Disputes (opens in a new tab)

3 September 2019

Consultation paper launched – Vulnerable witnesses and parties (opens in a new tab). Responses to be submitted by Friday 11 October 2019.

8 March 2019

The Civil Justice Council is pleased to announce the appointment of District Judge Judy Gibson for a three year term.

24 January 2019

The Civil Justice Council are pleased to announce the appointments of the following five members for three year terms;

  • Andrew Higgins – Academic Member
  • Nick Hanning – CILEx Member
  • Elisabeth Davies – Consumer Advice Member
  • Martin Barnes – Lay Advice Member
  • Rhodri William QC – Welsh Interests Member

CJC consultation response to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government – Considering the case for a housing court: a call for evidence, 13 November 2018 (opens in a new tab)

19 December 2018

Civil Justice Council submission on Part 1 of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act Post-Implementation Review (opens in a new tab)

Summary of the 7th Annual CJC Forum Event for Access to Justice for Litigants in Person, held at Central Hall Westminster on 7 December 2018 (opens in a new tab)

4 December 2018
New report on Alternative Dispute Resolution (opens in a new tab)

2 November 2018
Property Chamber Deployment Project (opens in a new tab)
A working group on property disputes was established by the Civil Justice Council in 2015 to consider whether access to justice in property disputes could be improved by the deployment of judges to sit concurrently in courts and tribunals. Following a pilot, Siobhan McGrath, Property Chamber President, has now published a proposal and recommendations to amend the Civil Procedure Rules and the First-tier Tribunal Procedure (Property Chamber) to reflect this. This report sets out justifications for the proposal, the types of cases suitable for the proposals and the practical implications.