Zuckerman on Civil Procedure presents a clear and thematic analysis of litigation under the Civil Procedure Rules. It explains how the court interprets and applies the Rules, how judges exercise their extensive case management powers and how this impacts the conduct of litigation. Throughout, the emphasis is placed on bringing out the principles that govern the exercise of judicial discretion in order to help judges and practitioners deal with difficult problems that arise in the course of litigation. It helps practitioners understand the relationship between individual Rules and general principles; it complements the White Book and other civil procedure manuals; explains the significance of leading cases and provides critical commentary; highlights current trends in judicial thinking; draws attention to inconsistencies in judicial approach to process and to problems that are likely to be encountered in practice; suggests solutions to debatable questions in areas such as service, legal professional privilege, compliance with time limits, and costs; comments on recent developments; and supplies authoritative analysis – the previous editions have been cited in numerous cases at all court levels.
The new 4th edition is authored by Professor Adrian Zuckerman assisted by a team of editors under the direction of Juliet Wells, including Professor Stuart Sime and Dr John Sorabji. It been extensively restructured and revised, with an expanded chapter on case management and party compliance, and a new chapter on committal proceedings and other enforcement processes, and is updated to take account of new legislation, case law and recent reviews into the workings of civil justice.
The long-awaited new edition of this seminal work is updated to take account of new legislation, as well as changes to rules and practice directions, including:
- The Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015 (which provides for dismissal of personal injury claims in cases of fundamental dishonesty, a new ‘different outcome’ test in applications for judicial review, and costs-capping orders in judicial review claims.
- The Consumer Rights Act 2015, together with the Competition Appeal Tribunal Rules 2015, which provide for a new scheme of opt-in or opt-out class actions before the Competition Appeal Tribunal.
- The Disclosure Pilot in the Business and Property Courts.
- Revisions to the CPR, including Parts 36, 39 and 52.
- Amendments to various specialist court guides (including the Chancery Guide, Commercial Court Guide, and QBD Guide).
Fully updated to take account of new case law since the last edition, including:
- Denton v TH White Ltd  EWCA Civ 906: on the proper approach to applications for relief from sanctions under CPR 3.9.
- Tchenguiz v Director of the Serious Fraud Office  EWCA Civ 1129: on the proper approach where documents attracting legal professional privilege and/or public interest immunity are mistakenly disclosed to another party.
- Coventry v Lawrence  UKSC 50: in which the Supreme Court held that the legislation governing CFAs, taken as a whole, was compatible with Art. 6 of the ECHR.
- Broadhurst v Tan  EWCA Civ 94, Bird v Acorn Group Ltd  EWCA Civ 1096, and Qader v Esure Services Ltd  EWCA Civ 1109: on the operation of the fixed costs regime in cases which started under the Pre-Action Protocols for Low Value Personal Injury Claims.
- R (Haralambous) v St Albans Crown Court  UKSC 1: in which the Supreme Court considered the extent to which closed material could be taken into account by magistrates when issuing search and seizure warrants under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984, s.8; by the Crown Court when asked to authorise the retention of seized material under the Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001, s.59; and by the High Court on an application for judicial review of the legality of either of the foregoing decisions.
- Barton v Wright Hassall LLP  UKSC 12: on the proper approach to applications under CPR r.6.15(2) for an order validating service of a claim form which had not been correctly served. The Supreme Court emphasised that Litigants in Person would not usually be held a lower standard of compliance with rules or court orders.
- Belhaj v Director of Public Prosecutions  UKSC 33: on the distinction between criminal and civil proceedings, for the purposes of determining whether the Closed Material Procedure set out in the Justice and Security Act 2013 could be used in respect of an application for judicial review of a prosecution decision.
- Cameron v Liverpool Victoria Insurance Co Ltd  UKSC 6: on whether a claim for personal injuries following a road traffic accident could be brought against a ‘person unknown’; the Supreme Court considered the requirements of CPR Part 6 on service, and the defendant’s right to receive due notice both of the existence of the proceedings and the contents of the claim.
- Cape Intermediate Holdings Ltd v Dring  UKSC 38: the Supreme Court set out the extent of a non-party's right to obtain copies of documents filed in court proceedings and the principles to be applied where a non-party sought access to such documents.<
1: The Overriding Objective 2: Rule-Making and Precedent 3: The Right to Fair Trial 4: Commencement of Proceedings 5: Service 6: Defendant’s Response—Acknowledgment of Service, Admissions, and Challenges to Jurisdiction 7: Statements of Case—Pleadings Defining the Controversy 8: The Application Procedure 9: Disposal Without Trial 10: Interim Remedies—Injunctions, Interim Payment, Security for Costs 11: Dispute Management and Party Compliance 12: Procedural Tracks and Schemes 13: Joining Claims and Parties 14: Discontinuance and Stays 15: Disclosure 16: Legal Professional Privilege 17: Without Prejudice Communications 18: The Privilege Against Self-Incrimination 19: The Protection of the Public Interest—Public Interest Immunity and Closed Material Procedure 20: Witness Statements 21: Experts and Assessors 22: Trial and Evidence 23: Judgments and Orders 24: Enforcement 25: Appeal 26: Finality of Litigation 27: Obtaining Protection from Costs by CPR 36 Offers and Other Offers to Settle 28: Costs