Some recent changes to court procedure — Civil Procedure Rules

Since the introduction of the Jackson Reforms in April 2013, there have been a significant number of further changes to the Civil Procedure Rules. Here are some highlights.

On 22 April 2014, changes were made to the operation of the County Courts when the Crime and Courts Act 2013 was implemented.

In summary: one single County Court has been established; money claims under £100,000 (except those arising from personal injury) must be started in the County Court (a substantial increase from the previous threshold of £25,000); the equity jurisdiction of the County Court was increased from £30,000 to £350,000; judges will not be bound by geographical location and proceedings can be sent between hearing centres; and the defendant’s residence or business address will dictate the hearing centre…

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