The Civil Procedure Amendment Rules 2009 were made on 28 July 2009 and came into force on 1 October 2009. Along with the rules came the 50th CPR update which contains amendments to the practice directions. The amendments have been introduced with Lord Woolf's Access to Justice Report as a backdrop; with policy makers striving towards the objectives of improving access to justice and reducing, or at least controlling, the cost of civil litigation.
Amendments have been made to a large number of policy areas. However, this article does not cover every amendment made but it provides an overview of some of the areas, going into more depth on the changes to Part 35 relating to expert evidence.