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In the UK they purportedly reformed the system of civil justice with the Woolf Report. There is some reason to doubt this.

Now, a debate has started, questioning the complacent view that the reforms were successful.

The debate has the unseemly presence of Lord Woolf in it. It is unseemly for him to “defend” his “reforms”. The subject is too important to be tainted by an effort to defend a personal investment.

However, the debate is a salutary reminder of how far behind we in Ireland are. The UK has a debate; we have nothing.

Instead, we still have a Rules Committee that had to be restrained by the Oireachtas from compelling barristers to wear wigs and that coolly front-loads the costs of litigation on litigants; all without any input into these “ideas” from the profession.