In brief: Civil Justice Council looking likely

Practitioners and the Law Society scent victory in their push for a Civil Justice Council to implement Lord Woolf's reforms to the justice system. It is believed Lord Mackay will announce he is prepared to go some way towards implementing such a body during the report stage of the Third Reading of the Civil Procedures Bill this week. Lord Irvine of Lairg, Shadow Lord Chancellor, has tabled another Law Society sponsored amendment to the civil procedures Bill calling for a council that will include practitioners and users of civil courts.