Clare Canning: Yet another litigation review cannot paper over the cracks
So, yet another review of the civil litigation system. This time it is into costs and it is going to be 'fundamental'. On the face of it, Lord Justice Jackson's brief is wide-ranging. He is to look at all civil litigation from fast track to mega-case, taking into account views on case management, conditional fee arrangements, third-party funding, cost regimes in other jurisdictions, costs shifting rules and more. The review, we are told, is the judiciary's response to the failure of the Woolf reforms to control the cost of civil justice. Do we, or should we, have any realistic hope that by 31 December 2009 Jackson and his colleagues will have happened upon the key to low-cost proportionate civil justice for all?
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