Review of Civil Costs published

Lord Justice Jackson issues preliminary report on costs of civil litigation

Lord Justice Jackson has today published his preliminary report as part of his review of the costs of civil litigation.

Chapter 37 of the Report addresses costs in all types of ‘publication proceedings’ (actions for defamation, malicious falsehood, misuse of private information and breach of confidence by the media), but focuses predominately on issues which arise in libel litigation brought against media organisations.

The report examines a wide range of issues including cost-capping, ATE insurance and the use of CFAs. To date, Jackson LJ has received submissions from claimant and defendant firms of solicitors, a provider of media litigation insurance and the Media Law Association.

Any responses to the preliminary report must be submitted by the end of July 2009.

The report and details of how to respond to it can be found here.