The headlines recently have been fascinating. My last post suggested that the Jackson reforms were failing and the judiciary have now confirmed it.
District Judge Lethem stated recently that he was concerned by the absence of applications to vary costs budgets. Possibly because judges reallocate matters to the fast track to avoid dealing with budgets or the delays in getting a budget approved by the court are so significant. The architect of the reforms Lord Justice Jackson has now stated that if budgeting and time taken to obtain a costs management conference is holding up access to justice then we can skip the budgeting phase.
Impressive backtracking. We may be able to get back to listing a hearing inside 3 months then as opposed to 1 year to obtain a 2 day hearing at the Senior Court Costs Office.