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  • Civil Court Service 2017

Civil Court Service 2017

FROM £230.00

Are you up-to-speed with the most significant changes to civil procedure in over a decade?

A 10.3% VAT charge will be added to this product at the checkout as it includes a CD-ROM.

Civil Court Service (‘The Brown Book’) provides access to the full text of the CPR and all relevant materials in a single volume, combined with authoritative commentary from a team of leading judges and practitioners.

Under the Editorship of His Honour Judge Graeme Smith, the Brown Book provides concise, relevant commentary to practitioners who need fast and reliable answers to procedural matters in the civil courts.

What's new

  • Commentary for Costs sections extensively updated.
  • All opening summaries for each Part of the Rules updated as appropriate.
  • New Pre-Action Protocol for Construction and Engineering disputes and significant amends to the commentary to Part 60 as a result. 
  • New Practice Direction for Part 2 of the Civil Procedure Rules that formalises the Jurisdiction of the County Court that may be exercised by a legal adviser  under Practice Direction 51K (The County Court Legal Adviser Pilot Scheme), as well as extending that jurisdiction to include five new work types. The powers enable legal advisers in the County Court Business Centre and the County Court Money Claims Centre to deal with some items of “box work”, usually allocated to a District Judge (see the Schedule to the PD). The PD comes into effect on 1 April 2017.
  • Part 3 The Court's Case Management Powers is amended following the Court of Appeal Judgment SARPD Oil International Limited v Addax Energy SA and another [2016] EWCA Civ 120 (SARPD) in respect of the cost budgeting rules. The amendments come into force on 6 April 2017.
  • Part 3 The Court’s Case Management Powers and PD3B Sanctions for non-payment of fees are amended to reflect a policy change in the collection and refund of hearing fees. Hearing fees will no longer be automatically refunded where parties settle the claim before trial. The date at which the hearing fee becomes payable is moved closer to the trial date. The amendments come into force on 6 March 2017. 
  • Part 45 Fixed costs is amended as part of a package of amendments with a view to ensuring that costs in Aarhus Convention claims are not “prohibitively expensive”. The amendments come into force on 28 February 2017. 
  • Part 45 Fixed costs amendments are made to reflect the Court of Appeal  judgment in Qader & Ors v Esure Services Ltd and Khan and Anr v McGee. The amendments come into force on 6 April 2017.
  • PD51O Electronic working scheme is amended to clarify when documents may be submitted by email as well as through the Electronic working system. The amendments come into force on 1 April 2017.
  • PD54A Judicial Review is amended with a view to reducing the burden of producing bundles on parties to judicial review proceedings. The amendments come into force on 28 February 2017.
  • Part 61 and PD 61 Admiralty Claims are amended to reflect the increasing use of technology in ships, where a recording device akin to the “black box” recording equipment used in aeroplanes is employed. The changes focus on providing a simpler and quicker trial process by promoting early exchange of electronic data made available by new technology.  The amendments come into force on 28 February 2017.
  • Part 63 Intellectual Property Claims is amended to provide an appeal route in respect of registered design cases following abolition of the RTA Appeal Tribunal. The amendments come into force on 6 April 2017.
  • Forms are amended as follows:
    • Precedent R
    • N155 
    • N157 
    • N159 
    • N172 
    • N173
    • N461 
    • N461 Notes
    • N461(PC)
    • N208(PC)
    • N210(PC)
    • N161 
    • N161A

2017 Subscription Information

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  • Procedural Guides
  • Civil Procedure Rules and Practice Directions
  • Other Practice Directions
  • Pre-Action Protocols
  • Court Guides
  • Fees
  • Other Statutory Material
  • Miscellaneous
"Contemporary in outlook and designed to keep you up to date. 'The Brown Book' isn't just a book -- it's a service -- and very good value too, for busy civil practices"
An appreciation by Phillip Taylor MBE and Elizabeth Taylor of Richmond Green Chambers
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Reviews from Previous editions

"an invaluable reference resource ... Every practitioner needing to stay up to date with developments within civil jurisdiction should acquire a copy."
An appreciation by Phillip Taylor MBE and Elizabeth Taylor of Richmond Green Chambers
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"Essential for civil practitioners: A concise and reliable guide to a wide range of civil litigation problems ... for civil practitioners or anyone participating professionally in the civil justice system Civil Court Practice 2012 is an indispensable guide to litigation governed by the Civil Procedure rules, the Practice Directions and Pre-Action Protocols ... this guide is economical, concise, readable and simple to use, yet at the same time packed with all pertinent details, inculding extensive footnotes and annotations ... continues to offer detailed procedural guidance from a distinguished team of prominent judges and leading practitioners and should prove invaluable to anyone involved in civil litigation ... particularly useful for the general civil litigator, especially in the county court ... useful and easily navigable ... a free CD ROM includes the entire text of the book, plus a number of forms you can complete on-screen ... this is a brilliant shorter resource and certainly value for money."For the full review click here
Phillip Taylor MBE and Elizabeth Taylor of Richmond Green Chambers

"... by far the easiest of the civil court books to work with quickly; it is well laid out and has everything I need in one volume. The procedural guides and annotations are just about right and avoid prolixity." 
District Judge George Cawood, Portsmouth County Court

"a very impressive and comprehensive service ... easy to navigate"William Batstone, Barrister, Guildhall Chambers, Bristol

"very easy to use ... a vital aid"APIL Newsletter

“a matter of professional necessity to acquire your copy … very handy whether you’re preparing a case or dealing with it in court and the CD saves massive time … the natural choice for the general civil litigator”Phillip Taylor MBE and Elizabeth Taylor, Richmond Green Chambers

"Civil Court Service 2010 has been called the natural choice for the general civil litigator, especially in the County Court"
The Pears - Worcestershire Law Society
The Right Honourable Lord Justice Laws

Founding Editors
Richard Stevens OBE
Former District Judge
Bill Vincent OBE
Former District Judge

General Editor
His Honour Judge Graeme Smith
Circuit Judge, Manchester Civil Justice Centre and Bolton Crown Court

District Judge Michael Anson 
Preston Combined Court Centre
Jeremy Clarke-Williams 
Anita Davies
Stephen Gerlis 
Recorder, Former District Judge
His Honour Judge Allan Gore QC 
Designated Civil Judge for Manchester
Paul Hughes
District Judge Janet Lambert
County Court at Central London, Bankruptcy
Kevin Latham
His Honour Judge Abbas Mithani QC
East Midlands Group of Courts
Alison Oakes
Alan Owens
District Judge Tim Parker 
Slough County Court
District Judge Anesh Pema
Leeds Combined Court Centre
Richard Price
Barrister and Mediator
L J West-Knights QC
Katrina Yates


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