In brief: Woolf consults on court committee merger

Lord Woolf has issued a consultation paper on merging the County Court and the High Court rule committees in a bid to simplify procedures. Proposals include: giving the unified committee a statutory duty to simplify procedure; dispensing with formal transfer provisions between High Court and county court; and appointing three lay members, such as academics, legal advice centre representatives or proponents of clear English to the 17-strong unified committee.