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TCC costs management pilot

Earlier this summer, we reported on the pilot of Jackson LJ’s “cost management” concept in Birmingham’s Technology and Construction Court (TCC) and Mercantile Court. The pilot is part of the major review of the civil litigation costs system being undertaken by Jackson LJ.

Guidelines on how the pilot will operate and a standard Excel template for the detailed budget supporting the costs estimates are now available.

The pilot aims to test whether judges can actively control costs throughout a case. It is hoped that the pilot will provide sufficient information to allow a meaningful decision on whether costs management can work. Feedback from the pilot will influence Jackson LJ when he his preparing his final report and recommendations, which will be published by 31 December 2009.

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