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It has become very common indeed, almost standard practice, for courts to refer to Lord Justice Jackson’s Report and his reforms, as well as other extraneous material, when interpreting the Civil Procedure Rules.


Campaign to Protect Rural England – Kent Branch v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and another [2019] EWCA Civ 1230 (15 July 2019)

the Court of Appeal strongly disapproved of this practice and said that it was wrong to introduce material surrounding the introduction of a new part of the Civil Procedure Rules:

“That is not good practice. The Rules say what they say and will be interpreted accordingly.”

Quite right too.

Parliamentary material can only be referred to in rare circumstances – see Pepper (Inspector of Taxes) v Hart [1992] UKHL 3  – and yet courts merrily refer to, and quote from, various reports, but especially Lord Justice Jackson’s Report.

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August 5, 2019 at 9:22 am

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