Costs management pilot report

The Costs Management Pilot Scheme (the “Pilot”) was launched in all Technology and Construction Courts (“TCC”) and Mercantile Courts on 1 October 2011.

1. The Pilot was originally scheduled to run for 12 months, finishing on 30 September 2012,but was extended to run until 31 March 2013 in order to continue the costs management procedure without interruption until the new rules come into force on 1 April 2013. The Pilot continues for cases in the TCC or Mercantile Court issued before 1 April 2013.
2. The purpose of the Pilot, as stated by Lord Justice Jackson in the introduction to the questionnaires being distributed by the courts to those participating in the Pilot, is to ascertain:

(a) the benefits and disadvantages of costs management; and

(b) how the process might be improved for the benefit of court users.