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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.

Latest News:

30 June 2022

The Civil Justice Council is consulting on costs. The consultation will run until Friday 30 September 2022 at 12pm. Details of the consultation can be found online here (opens in a new tab).

20 June 2022

The Civil Justice Council will shortly be launching a consultation on costs. As part of that work, the working group  is holding a conference on costs on 13 July 2022 between 9.45am and 4.45pm. The conference will be held in person in Central London. Register your interest online (external link). Please note that registering your interest does not guarantee you a place at the conference, as places are limited.

Sessions during the day will cover:

  • Costs under pre-action protocols/portals and the digital justice system
  • Costs budgeting
  • Guideline hourly rates
  • Consequences of the extension of fixed recoverable costs
  • Impact of civil costs changes to other parts of the justice system

12 April 2022

In March 2022 the CJC responded to a MoJ consultation on the Singapore Convention on Mediation (PDF, opens in a new tab)

8 April 2021

The 2021 annual report is now available (PDF, opens in a new tab)

28 January 2022

The CJC’s report on small claims has now been finalised – read the full article and the report online (opens in a new tab).

20 January 2022

In January, the CJC responded to a MOJ consultation on Housing legal aid: the way forward (external link, opens in a new tab). Read the Council’s response (PDF, opens in a new tab).

17 January 2022

Watch videos of the CJC’s 10th National Forum on access to justice for those without means, which took place in December 2021. The full story and videos are online (opens in a new tab).

21 December 2021

The CJC’s Interim Report on pre-action protocols is open for consultation. The consultation will be extended for four weeks and will close on Friday 21 January 2022.

22 November 2021

The Civil Justice Council’s 10th National Forum on access to justice for those without means will take place at Central Hall, Westminster and online on Friday 10 December 2021 8:40am to 4:30pm. Further details and how to register can be found on Eventbrite (opens in a new tab).

15 November 2021

Update: The CJC’s consultation on Pre-Action Protocols will be extended for four weeks. The consultation will close on Friday 21 January 2022.

15 October 2021

The CJC has published its Business Plan June – December 2021 (PDF, opens in a new tab)

2 September 2021

The 2019-2020 annual report is now available (PDF, opens in a new tab).

30 July 2021

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

12 July 2021

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 (PDF, opens in a 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)