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Sir David Neuberger, a High Court judge since 1996, found himself the owner of two new titles in 2004. First, in January, he was made a Lord Justice of Appeal, and then, in the summer, he was appointed Judge in Charge of Modernisation. Everyone in the legal profession will have a good idea of what being a Court of Appeal judge entails, but the latter role might cause a few furrowed brows. Just what do we mean when we talk about the ‘modernisation’ of the civil justice system?

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