The Civil Procedure Rules are set to be changed to make cases relating to children exempt from costs management.
Minutes from last month’s Civil Procedure Rule Committee reveal plans to approve the first permanent departure from case management guidelines initiated by the Jackson reforms in 2013.
A sub-committee had reported to members that costs management was causing ‘significant delays’ in the pre-trial process and taking up hard-pressed judicial resources.
One of the reasons for the backlog is that every case is subject to costs management, regardless of its particular features.
The sub-committee report said: ‘Our unanimous view was that children cases could be removed from the regime, principally because of the time many such cases take to get to trial.
‘It takes years for injuries to stabilise before a proper prognosis can be given and a trial date fixed. Budgeting for five to 10 years is not sensible.’