The Civil Justice Council (CJC) has invited views on the impact of the Jackson reforms as the one-year anniversary of implementation approaches.
The group is seeking feedback from judges, solicitors and other court users following 2013’s dramatic shake-up of civil litigation.
The evidence will be gathered and used in a conference next month to consider the impact of the reforms, which came into force on 1 April last year.
In particular, the CJC is seeking submissions on the practical effects of the reforms: the type of cases being taken on (and not being taken on) by law firms, the funding of litigation in relation to conditional fee agreements, damages-based agreements and qualified one-way costs shifting, and experiences of costs budgeting and the management of cases through the courts.
Material should be submitted electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5pm on 7 March and be no more than 3,000 words long. The evidence is likely to be published after the CJC conference at the end of March.
Mr Justice Ramsey (pictured), the judge in charge of implementing the Jackson reforms, is already conducting a review of the issues causing most concern. Ramsey’s three-man team is expected to complete its work by April, although another large-scale reform programme has been ruled out.