TCC scoops second High Court judge

The Technology & Construction Court (TCC) has appointed Mr Justice Ramsey as the second High Court judge to sit regularly in the court, alongside TCC head Mr Justice Jackson.

Ramsey J’s appointment comes as the TCC publishes its annual report. The report reveals that the vast majority of cases which are brought to the TCC settle either before trial or prior to a judgment being handed down.

During the past court year, which ended on 30 September 2006, 392 new claims were brought to the TCC. Over a third (143) of those cases were construction disputes, with the next most common issue being adjudication enforcement with 74 cases.

The year saw 48 contested trials in the London TCC, with the longest being 31 days. Cases which settled during the trial are not included in the figure.

The report also discloses that the TCC is undertaking a survey on mediation in order to find out when it is effective in TCC cases. The news comes six months after the TCC began a pilot scheme in which the court’s judges offer mediation services to parties in a dispute.

The TCC now has seven judges, including Jackson J and Ramsey J, along with five “reserve” High Court judges who can sit in the TCC when need arises.