About us

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

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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 - Sir Terence Etherton ex officio    
The Deputy Head of Civil Justice - Lord Justice Coulson ex officio    
Mr Justice Birss Senior Court Judge Member 1 Nov 2014 31 Oct 2020
Mr Justice Kerr Senior Court Judge Member 1 Sept 2016 31 Aug 2019
Master Cook Senior Court Master Member 15 May 2018 14 May 2021
HHJ McKenna Circuit Judge Member 1 Sept 2013 31 Aug 2019
HHJ Jarman QC Welsh Member 14 Mar 2018 13 Mar 2021
District Judge Hovington District Judge Member 1 Sept 2013 31 Aug 2019
District Judge Lethem District Judge Member 1 Sept 2012 31 August 2021
Mr Richard Viney Barrister Member 1 Sept 2014 31 Aug 2020
Mr John Dagnall Barrister Member 11 Jan 2016 10 Jan 2019
Mr Johnathan Klein Barrister Member 1 Sep 2016 31 Aug 2019
Mr Brett Dixon Solicitor Member 11 Jan 2016 10 Jan 2019
Mr Andrew Underwood Solicitor Member 14 Jan 2014 30 January 2020
Mr Masood Ahmed Solicitor Member 11 Jan 2016 10 Jan 2019
Ms Lizzie Iron Lay Advice / Consumer Affairs Member 24 Oct 2016 23 Oct 2019
Mrs Kate Wellington Lay Advice / Consumer Affairs Member 14 Jan 2014 30 Jan 2020

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