About us

What we do

The Civil Procedure Rule Committee was set up under the Civil Procedure Act 1997 to make rules of court for the Civil Division of the Court of Appeal, the High Court and the County Court. The Civil Procedure Rules set out the practice and procedure to be followed.

Our responsibilities

We’re responsible for:

  • making and amending the Civil Procedure Rules
  • simplifying the existing rules

Our priorities

Our priorities are to:

  • make the civil justice system accessible, fair and efficient
  • ensure that the rules are simple and easy to understand

Membership

The rules of committee membership are set out in section 2 of the Civil Procedure Act 1997. All non-judicial members are appointed, in accordance with the Office of the Commission for Public Appointment’s Code of Practice.

Name Position Term of office: first appointment Term of office: current expiry
The Head of Civil Justice - Master of the Rolls - Lord Dyson ex officio    
The Deputy Head of Civil Justice - Lord Justice Briggs ex officio    
Mr Justice Coulson Senior Court Judge Member 1 Sept 2011 31 Aug 2016
Mr Justice Birss Senior Court Judge Member 1 Nov 2014 31 Oct 2017
Master Roberts Senior Court Master Member 1 Sept 2014 31 Aug 2017
HHJ McKenna Circuit Judge Member 1 Sept 2013 31 Aug 2016
District Judge Hovington District Judge Member 1 Sept 2013 31 Aug 2016
District Judge Lethem District Judge Member 1 Sept 2012 31 August 2018
Mr Richard Viney Barrister Member 1 Sept 2014 31 Aug 2017
Mr Edward Pepperall Barrister Member 1 Sept 2011 31 Aug 2016
Mr John Dagnall Barrister Member 11 Jan 2016 10 Jan 2019
Mr Brett Dixon Solicitor Member 11 Jan 2016 10 Jan 2019
Mr Andrew Underwood Solicitor Member 14 Jan 2014 31 Jan 2017
Mr Masood Ahmed Solicitor Member 11 Jan 2016 10 Jan 2019
Vacant Lay Advice / Consumer Affairs Member    
Mrs Kate Wellington Lay Advice / Consumer Affairs Member 14 Jan 2014 31 Jan 2017

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