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Civil Justice Quarterly

Civil Justice Quarterly
Practice Area: Litigation
ISSN: 0261-9261
Published by: Sweet & Maxwell
General Editor: Professor Andrew Higgins
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Format: Journal
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Civil Justice Quarterly is a specialist peer reviewed journal that provides comprehensive coverage of all aspects of the administration of civil justice and serves as a topical and practical forum for information about new cases, developments and reforms worldwide in civil procedural law.

Civil Justice Quarterly publishes case notes, articles, book reviews (and considered responses to items published in the journal) by academics, practitioners, judges, and representative groups interested in the functioning of civil justice system.

It provides:

  • Up-to-date information on the impact of the Civil Procedure Rules on civil litigation practice in England and Wales
  • In depth case notes on important recent decisions on procedural law from all major common law jurisdictions, the European Court of Justice and the European Court of Human rights, and leading civil law jurisdictions
  • Articles and commentary on reforms and reform proposals to civil justice systems worldwide
  • Scholarly theoretical and empirical research on the role and functioning of civil justice systems.
  • Book reviews on the latest books in the field of procedure

Case notes
The journal publishes case notes on important recent decisions on procedural law from England & Wales, other major common law jurisdictions, the European Union and European Court of Human Rights, and influential civil law jurisdictions. The case notes are designed to be stimulating and useful for practitioners and scholars alike, and contributions from practitioners and academics are equally welcome.

Reform forum
Civil justice is a fast moving area. Civil justice systems are subject to regular reforms, and almost constant calls for reform, reflecting the importance of providing accessible, efficient and fair justice systems, and the practical challenges in achieving these sometimes conflicting goals for the thousands of litigants who use the courts every day. Civil Justice Quarterly provides a forum for discussing these reforms and reform proposals worldwide, by all interested parties, including practitioners, judges, regulatory bodies, representative groups whose members use the courts, and academics.

General articles
Civil Justice Quarterly is dedicated to publishing scholarship of the highest quality on all aspects of procedure and civil justice systems, including comparative research, the role and theory of procedure, the relationship between public and private enforcement, alternative dispute resolution including commercial and investor/state arbitration, the relationship between substantive and procedural law, and empirical research into civil justice systems. It welcomes submissions from legal researchers, and from those engaged in inter-disciplinary research on the legal system, including the fields of economics, sociology, behavioural psychology and philosophy. 

Civil justice is always controversial. There are strongly held views on most subjects and on all sides of the debate. The editors encourage considered responses to articles and case notes if readers wish to add different viewpoints, but do not have the time to prepare their own case notes or articles. 

Book reviews
The book review section is dedicated to reviews of new and interesting books that deal with procedural questions, whether exclusively, or as part of a broader discussion of law, legal decision making or dispute resolution. 

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All submissions and inquiries about the status of submissions should be sent to civiljusticequarterly@mansfield.ox.ac.uk.

All submissions must indicate the type of submission in the subject matter of the email. So article submissions must contain the word "article" in the email subject line; case notes must contain the words "Case note"; book review the word "Review", and any contributions to our Current Developments section must contain "Current Developments" in the email subject line. Submission inquiries can be sent to the General Editor, Dr Andrew Higgins, andrew.higgins@law.ox.ac.uk, or the relevant section editor.

Articles will normally only be considered if they are 10,000 words or less. Case notes should not exceed 5,000 words. Contributors can submit manuscripts for consideration in any style provided it is readable and consistent, but if the article is accepted for publication, authors will be asked to adopt the Sweet & Maxwell house style.

All submissions must include two files. The first file should contain the entire submission with a 150-200 word abstract, the author's details and a contact email address. The second file should be an anonymized version of the submission (including anonymized meta-data).

Authors whose first language is not English may wish to have their contributions checked by a native speaker before submission. Please note that the use of any of proofing service is voluntary, and at the author's own expense.  In some instances the Editors may require submissions to be proof read by a native English speaker prior to publication at the author's own expense. The use of proofing services does not guarantee publication.

Contributors should note that the CJQ is currently piloting a new peer review process. This involves the publication of the anonymous review/s of the author's article alongside the article, if it is accepted for publication. The new process is designed to promote greater transparency in the peer review process whilst maintaining integrity of blind reviews.  All article submissions are subject to peer review by at least one external reviewer. Case notes, book reviews and contributions to our Current Developments section - which focuses on recent reforms and reform proposals - may be subject to independent peer review at the discretion of the CJQ's editors.

We reserve the right not to publish any article at our sole discretion, a decision which can be taken at any time. The editorial approval of an article after its review or the indication that such article is in line for publication will not constitute a waiver of this right.


  • Dr Andrew Higgins, General Editor, Associate Professor of Civil Procedure, Faculty of Law, and Tutorial Fellow in Law, Mansfield College, University of Oxford.
  • Dr Carla Crifó, Assistant Editor, Lecturer in Law, University of Leicester.
  • Masood Ahmed, Alternative Dispute Resolution Editor, Associate Professor in Law, University of Leicester.
  • Dr Inbar Levy, Book Reviews Editor, Lecturer, Melbourne Law School.
  • Dorcas Quek, Editorial Assistant, East Asia Region, Assistant Professor, Singapore Management University.

Editor-in-Chief: Professor A.A.S. Zuckerman

Editorial Advisory Board:

  • Professor John Baldwin
  • Lord Collins of Mapesbury
  • The Rt. Hon. Professor Sir Robin Jacob
  • The Rt Hon Sir Rupert Jackson


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Editorial Correspondence:
Dr Andrew Higgins, Associate Professor of Civil Procedure, University of Oxford andrew.higgins@law.ox.ac.uk
Publishing Editor:
David Cobb, david.cobb@thomsonreuters.com

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