Lord Justice Jackson is holding a series of seminars to ‘obtain constructive input from court users into this exercise’ If you do not agree with the reforms this might be a chance to have your say by saying “I don’t agree with fixed recoverable costs, but if you are going to do it, this is what I recommend …” The seminars do come with a warning however that; ‘ People who come along and simply say “don’t do it at all” will not be providing any assistance.’
There will be four 4 speakers at each seminar. They will begin with two 20 minute presentations to be followed by discussion. There will then be a tea/coffee break followed by two more 20 minute presentations and discussion. Each seminar will be chaired by Jackson LJ.
Places at the seminars will be limited. For those interested the Master of the Rolls’ private office will handle the invitations. For details of the seminars and the background to the review see here.
Some of the dates of the seminars and the issues to be covered have changed. The remaining seminars are now:
- Monday afternoon, 13 March, London (capacity 200): judicial review and structural issues
- Thursday morning 16 March, Birmingham (capacity 50): mercantile and business litigation
- Wednesday afternoon 5 April, Cardiff (capacity 80): judicial review and structural issues.