Plan to speed up appeals

The Civil Division of the Court of Appeal has created the new post of practice registrar who will meet practitioners and litigants with a view to solving their procedural problems in bringing an appeal.

Deputy registrar Ian Joseph, who will perform the role along with the registrar, John Adams, said the position would be similar to that of the practice masters in the Queen's Bench Division . “Until now, we have dealt with problems through the post, but it helps to meet face to face. The rules are incredibly complex and both litigants in person and practitioners get caught out by them,” he said.

The registrar can be contacted on 0171 936 6916.