The Civil Procedure Rules Committee has approved some proposed changes to costs management aimed at reducing delays.

Among the recommendations are:

  1. Cases relating to children should be excluded from the scope of costs management, subject to the normal judicial discretion to apply the regime in an individual case
  2. Cases involving protected parties, and clinical negligence/personal injury cases involving adults, should remain within the scope of costs management

The committee also recommended that precedent H should be improved in content as well as in presentation but that Rule 3.18 (the rule that provides that the court will not depart from an agreed or approved budget on detailed assessment without there being “good reason”) should remain despite the nervousness that the draconian consequences of getting a budget wrong has created.