Woolf Reforms

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The Woolf Reforms

  • Most important reforms to the civil justice system

Criticisms of the old system

  • Unequal - problem with complexity
  • Expensive
  • Slow - Problem with delay
  • Uncertain - Problem with complexity
  • Complicated

Main recommendations

  • Extending small claims to £3000 - cost/complexity
  • Fast track for £15000 - delay
  • Multi-track for greater than £15000 - delay
  • Encouraging ADR (Alternative Dispute Resolution) - cost/complexity
  • Judges to manage cases - Delay
  • More I.T. - delay
  • Simplifying documents + procedures - Complexity
  • Shorter Timetables…

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