Letter from the Master of the Rolls to
the Chairman of the Committee
The question on which I feel that I shall be
best placed to assist will be the effect that the Act has had
on the work on the Court of Appeal (Civil Division) and the manner
in which the Court administration has addressed the introduction
of the Act. I shall also be able to assist in respect of the question
of whether the Act has affected or is likely to affect procedures
in the civil courts.
While I shall have no objection to expressing
a general view as to the impact that the Act has had thus far
on common law principles, there will obviously be a limit on how
far it will prove possible to discuss this without entering the
territory of commenting on individual cases.
I shall not wish to express views about where
the Act may lead the law in the future.
The Right Honourable The Lord Phillips of Worth
23 February 2001