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A 2017 Reprint of the September 1998 Sweet & Maxwell edition
The Supreme Court Practice 1999 (The Last Pre-Woolf edition) provides the most authoritative, reliable and up-to-date guide to civil court practice and procedure in England and Wales.
In one source it presents, the complete Rules for the High Court, Court of Appeal (Civil Division) and County Courts, with accompanying commentary from a distinguished team of over twenty expert editors.
Preface... Civil litigation is in a state of flux. The reforms recommended by Lord Woolf are due to be implemented in April 1999. Their aim is to change the ethos of litigation. Pre-action protocols will be introduced that will have to be complied with in order to avoid the possibility of cost sanctions. Judicial case management will be introduced in all courts and for the first time the core rules of the High Court and the County Courts will be the same.
These changes, coupled with the legal aid reforms and the intended extension of conditional and contingency fees (following the decision of the Court of Appeal in Thai Trading v. Taylor) will lead the most radical reform of civil litigation since the introduction of the present Rules of the Supreme Court in 1966.
The Supreme Court Practice has been at the forefront of coverage of these developments and subscribers can rest assured that they will continue to be authoritatively updated as and when key changes occur.
Changes in the Supreme Court Practice Subscribers will note a number of significant changes in this edition of The Supreme Court Practice in anticipation of the intended implementation of the new rules. The main changes are:-