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The Statement of Costs Pilot Scheme (PD51X) is not to be renewed following its expiry on 31st March 2022

At the December meeting of the Civil Procedure Rules committee (meeting notes now published) it was resolved that PD51X Statement of Costs pilot scheme will not to be renewed following its expiry on 31st March 2022. However, the costs form N260 is to be considered further and any proposed revisions are to return to the CPRC in the New Year.

Mr Justice Trower explained that the pilot had been before the CPRC on several occasions before, most recently in May 2021, when it was agreed to conduct an online consultation regarding the pilot scheme under PD51X.

The consultation ran for circa six weeks and concluded on 30th July 2021; there were 15 responses which have been carefully considered. Overall, the pilot scheme has had very little take up and the comments submitted during the consultation are consistent with the views previously expressed.

The Sub-Committee have concluded that there is insufficient evidence to justify continuing the pilot and this was discussed. However, they do consider that there is merit in considering some focused revision to costs form N260 to improve usability, which is supported by Master Cook who chairs the Forms Sub-Committee.

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Published 10.02.22

Author – Sue Fox

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