Jackson’s proposed new bill of costs will become mandatory from October 2017 subject to the success of extended voluntary Senior Courts Costs Office (SCCO) pilot scheme.
The SCCO pilot scheme, which commenced October 2015 and entered its 2nd phase earlier this month (3-10-16), is a product of the Alexander Hutton QC Committee in answer to the Jackson report which recommended that a new format for bill of costs should be devised as the existing bill format was identified as being seriously deficient.
The Hutton Committee created the new draft bill of costs last year with automatic generation of electronic time records based on standard codes to categorise work (J Codes). Issues regarding time spent retrospectively applying J Codes has led to a deadlock in the new bill moving forwards.
At The Law Society’s Civil Litigation Conference in April Lord Justice Jackson, the main man behind the reform, urged the Civil Procedure Rule Committee (CPRC) to end the deadlock regarding the new bill of costs.
As a result, this month the CPRC has confirmed it will monitor and review the pilot for the agenda of its May 2017 meeting with a view to fixing the mandatory form and modifying it to alleviate concerns regarding the form’s reliance on J Codes. This would apply to all work done after 1 October 2017.
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