The CPR is due to be amended as of 6 April 2016 to deal with changes to the costs budgeting regime. The changes apply to cases issued on or after 6 April 2016.
It is important that practitioners are aware of the changes to the time limits for filing costs budgets. In lower value claims (claim value of under £50,000.00), the budget must be filed with the directions questionnaire and in other claims, the budget must be filed not later than 21 days before the first CMC.
There is the requirement for a budget discussion report to be filed no later than 7 days before the CMC. This should be completed using the new precedent R that can be found on the Ministry of Justice website.
CPR Practice Direction 3E is also being amended to include the following updates:
1. The first page only will be required where the value of the claim is under £50,000.00 or the costs included in the budget come to less than £25,000.00.
2. Cases involving children are to be excluded from the costs management process.
3. Cases where the Claimant has limited or severely impaired life expectancy, costs management will 'ordinarily' be dispensed with.
The familiar penalty of restriction to court fees only remains, so it is important that the new time limits are noted to avoid any costly errors.