consultation upon proposed revisions to the structure of JCPC
Please see the links below for a copy of a consultation paper
that we have received from Lord Phillips. We were warned that the
consultation paper was on its way at the meeting of the JCPC Users
Committee in July.
As you will see, in his letter, Lord Phillips says that members
of the Board are very concerned to ensure that nothing they do
about fees should inhibit access to justice for the ordinary
citizen of countries which use the JCPC.
However, they also believe that it would be appropriate for
parties involved in large commercial disputes, where there are
often very significant sums of money at stake, to pay a larger fee
for the service they are receiving.
I have to confess I have some sympathy with this view, bearing
in mind the costs of running the Court.
The Supreme Court now has a Chief Executive, and publishes an
annual business plan, both of which I find slightly peculiar in the
context of running a Court.
You can either comment direct to the Chief Executive, Jenny
Rowe, or alternatively, let me have your comments by the beginning
of October. I will then prepare a comprehensive document to be sent
to the Court.
View the letter from Jenny
View the letter from
View the consultation