The Civil Procedure (Amendment No. 2) Rules 2004 and the 36th Practice Direction Update of the Civil Procedure Rules introduce a number of notable changes to procedures including the following:

  • new provisions in Parts 3, 23 and 52 and a new Practice Direction supplementing (new) rule 3.11, setting out the requirements, power and procedures for making civil restraint orders. Rule 2.3 is amended to insert a definition of ‘civil restraint order’. These changes arose from the judgement by the Court of Appeal in Bhamjee v. Forsdick [2003] EWCA Civ 1113;
  • a replacement rule 5.4 and paragraph 4 of the Practice Direction supplementing Part 5, which amend the provisions about the supply of documents from court records;
  • amendments to the Practice Direction supplementing Part 37 in relation to payments into court under certain enactments, to replace the requirement to file an application notice with the requirement to file a witness statement or affidavit;
  • a replacement Practice Direction B supplementing Part 47, enabling a pilot scheme for detailed assessment by the Supreme Court Costs Office of costs of civil proceedings in specified London county courts;
  • a new Section IV is inserted into Part 45 providing for fixed recoverable success fees in personal injury claims against an employer where the claimant is funded by a conditional fee agreement, with some exceptions. The exceptions are that the new section does not apply where the claim relates to disease or arises from a road traffic accident, or where the claim has been allocated, or would normally be allocated, to the small claims track;
  • amendments are made to rule 65.3, that affect the evidential requirements when applying for certain anti-social behaviour injunctions;
  • new paragraphs 13.2 and 13.3 are inserted into the Practice Direction supplementing Part 65, making provision for a pilot scheme to operate in certain county courts for applications to join a child to principal proceedings and to apply for a certain anti-social behaviour order against that child;
  • amendments to CCR Order 49, rule 17, to reflect recent changes to disability legislation.

A full list of the changes is set out below:


Part 2
In rule 2.3 new wording to insert definition of ‘civil restraint order’.
Part 3
In rule 3.3 new paragraph (7) inserted.
In rule 3.4 new paragraph (6) inserted.
New paragraph 3.11 ‘Power of the court to make civil restraint orders’ inserted.
Part 5
In rule 5.4 existing text replaced by new text.
Part 6
In THIS LINK HAS BEEN ARCHIVED. PLEASE CHECK THIS LINKrule 6.20, new text inserted after ‘will be served’.
Part 23
New paragraph 23.12 inserted.
Part 45
New text added to the table of contents.
In rule 45.10(2) sub paragraph (b) ‘body of a prescribed description within the meaning of section 30(1) of the Access to Justice Act 1999’ replaced by ‘membership organisation’.
New cross-reference inserted after rule 45.10(2) sub-paragraph (b).
New section IV ‘Fixed Percentage Increase In Employers Liability Claims’ inserted.
Part 52
In rule 52.10 new paragraphs (5) and (6) inserted.
Part 65
In rule 65.3(1) ‘section 153A, 153B or 153D’ replaced by ‘Chapter III of Part V’.
In rule 65.3 where ‘affidavit evidence’ or ‘affidavit’ occurs, it is replaced by ‘witness statement’.


Schedule 1

CCR Order 49
In rule 17 paragraph (4) ‘section 25’ replaced by ‘section 17B or 25’.
In paragraph (6) ‘section 66’ replaced by ‘section 65’.
In paragraph (8) ‘or Schedule 3A to’ inserted after ‘section 26’.

Practice Directions

Practice Direction 3
In paragraph 7.6 existing sub-paragraphs (3) and (4) are replaced with new text.
Practice Direction 3C
A new Practice Direction is inserted, setting out:
the circumstances in which the court has power to make civil restraint orders;
the requirements and procedures in relation to civil restraint orders; and
the consequences of making such an order.
Practice Direction 4
This Practice Direction has been amended to reflect the form changes set out below.
Practice Direction 5
Existing paragraph 4 replaced by new paragraphs 4.1 – 4.4.
Practice Direction 7B
In paragraph 3.1, sub-paragraph (5) ‘section 139(a)’ replaced by ‘section 139(1) (a)’.
Practice Direction 22
In paragraph 5 ‘paragraph 27’ replaced by ‘paragraph 28’.
Practice Direction 32
In paragraph 28.3 the words ‘paragraph 27.2(1)’ is replaced by ‘paragraph 28.2(1)’.
In paragraph 7.1 the words ‘an application notice’ are replaced by ‘a witness statement or an affidavit’. In sub-paragraph (6) ‘application notice’ is replaced by ‘witness statement or affidavit’.
In paragraph 7.2 the words ‘or affidavit’ are inserted after ‘witness statement’.
In paragraph 9.1 ‘an application notice’ is replaced by ‘a witness statement or an affidavit’.
In paragraph 9.2 ‘application notice’ is replaced by ‘witness statement or affidavit’.
In paragraph 11.2 ‘an application notice’ is replaced by ‘a witness statement or an affidavit’.
In paragraph 11.3 ‘application notice’ is replaced by ‘witness statement or affidavit’.
In paragraph 11.4 ‘application notice’ is replaced by ‘witness statement or affidavit’.
Existing Practice Direction replaced by new Practice Direction.
Practice Direction 52
In paragraph 21.5, words ‘section 24 of the Social Security Administration Act 1992 and’ deleted.
After ‘Act 1998’ words ‘and paragraph 9 of Schedule 7 to the Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Act 2000’ inserted.
In paragraph 21.10A(14), new text inserted at end of paragraph.
Practice Direction 65
In paragraph 1.1 ‘section 153A, 153B or 153D’ is replaced with new text.
After paragraph 13.1 new paragraphs 13.2 and 13.3 inserted.

Other Practice Directions

EU Competition Law
New text inserted at the end of paragraph 6.


New Forms are introduced as follows:

Limited Civil Restraint Order
Extended Civil Restraint Order
General Civil Restraint Order

Coming into force

All changes come into force on 1st October 2004 with the following exceptions:

6th July 2004

PD 47B

With immediate effect on publication

PD52 (para.21.10A)

EU Competition Law PD

1st September 2004

Rule 65.3

PD 65 (para.1.1)

Ministry of Justice


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