Civil justice system in the UK

The current civil justice system is shaped by the new Civil Procedure Rules that came into force on 26 April 1999. These rules represent the most important reform of the civil justice system in the 20th century. They result from the Lord Woolf report, Access to Justice.

The main objective is to change the litigation culture in the UK. The 1st rule of the new Civil Procedure Rules put lays down an overriding objective: courts must be able to deal with cases ‘justly’.

In the old system, practitioners were responsible for managing cases. However, their tactics caused delays and costs. This did not serve their clients’ interests.

Litigation should now be regarded as the last option, since courts should always encourage parties to come to a pre-trial settlement at any stages of the proceedings. This is facilitated by the fact that courts are the active managers of cases. This is called case management. The aim is to deal with each case diligently and swiftly.

Link to the Woolf report
Learn more about the new Civil Procedure Rules

Advertisements

2 thoughts on “Civil justice system in the UK

  1. Pingback: Contracts | English to French Translation Services

  2. Pingback: Contracts :: Translation CallingTranslation Calling

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s