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[F1(1)Civil Procedure Rules are to be made by a committee known as the Civil Procedure Rule Committee, which is to consist of the following persons—

(a)the Head of Civil Justice;

(b)the Deputy Head of Civil Justice (if there is one);

(c)the persons currently appointed in accordance with subsections (1A) and (1B).

(1A)The Lord Chief Justice must appoint the persons falling within paragraphs (a) to (d) of subsection (2).

(1B)The Lord Chancellor must appoint the persons falling within paragraphs (e) to (g) of subsection (2).]

F1(2)[F2The persons to be appointed in accordance with subsections (1A) and (1B) are]

[F3F2(a)either two or three judges of the [F4Senior Courts]F4,]

F3(b)one Circuit judge,

(c)[F5either one or two district judges]

F5(d)one person who is a Master referred to in Part II of Schedule 2 to the M1[F6Senior Courts Act 1981]F6,

(e)three persons who have a [F4Senior Courts]F4 qualification (within the meaning of section 71 of the M2Courts and Legal Services Act 1990), including at least one with particular experience of practice in county courts,

(f)three persons who have been [F7authorised by a relevant approved regulator]F7 to conduct litigation in relation to all proceedings in the [F4Senior Courts]F4, including at least one with particular experience of practice in county courts, [F8and

(g)two persons with experience in and knowledge of the lay advice sector or consumer affairs.]

[F9F8(2A)In subsection (2)(f) “relevant approved regulator” is to be construed in accordance with section 20(3) of the Legal Services Act 2007.]

[F10F9(3)Before appointing a person in accordance with subsection (1A), the Lord Chief Justice must consult the Lord Chancellor.]

F10(4)Before appointing a person [F11in accordance with subsection (1B), the Lord Chancellor must consult the Lord Chief Justice and, if the person falls within paragraph (e) or (f) of subsection (2), must also consult]F11 any body which—

(a)has members who are eligible for appointment under that paragraph, and

(b)is an authorised body for the purposes of section 27 or 28 of the Courts and Legal Services Act 1990.

(5)The Lord Chancellor may reimburse the members of the Civil Procedure Rule Committee their travelling and out-of-pocket expenses.

(6)The Civil Procedure Rule Committee must, before making or amending Civil Procedure Rules—

(a)consult such persons as they consider appropriate, and

(b)meet (unless it is inexpedient to do so).

(7)The Civil Procedure Rule Committee must, when making Civil Procedure Rules, try to make rules which are both simple and simply expressed.

(8)Rules made by the Civil Procedure Rule Committee must be signed by at least eight members of the Committee and be submitted to the Lord Chancellor, who may allow or disallow them.

[F12(9)The Lord Chief Justice may nominate a judicial office holder (as defined in section 109(4) of the Constitutional Reform Act 2005) to exercise his functions under this section.]

[F13F12(9)If the Lord Chancellor disallows rules under subsection (8), he must give the Civil Procedure Rule Committee written reasons for doing so.F13]

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F4Words in s. 2(2)(a)(e)(f) substituted (1.10.2009) by Constitutional Reform Act 2005 (c. 4), ss. 59(5), 148(1), Sch. 11 para. 4; S.I. 2009/ 1604, {art. 2(d)}

F6Words in s. 2(2)(d) substituted (1.10.2009) by Constitutional Reform Act 2005 (c. 4), ss. 59(5), 148(1), Sch. 11 para. 1(2); S.I. 2009/ 1604, {art. 2(d)}

F7Words in s. 2(2)(f) substituted (1.1.2010) by Legal Services Act 2007 (c. 29), ss. 208(1), 211(2), Sch. 21 para. 122(a) (with ss. 29, 192, 193); S.I. 2009/ 3250, {art. 2(h)} (with arts. 6, 9)

F8S. 2(2)(g) and word substituted (26.1.2004) for s. 2(2)(g)(h) and word by Courts Act 2003 (c. 39), ss. 83(3), 110(1); S.I. 2003/3345, art. 2(b)(viii)

F9S. 2(2A) inserted (1.1.2010) by Legal Services Act 2007 (c. 29), ss. 208(1), 211(2), Sch. 21 para. 122(b) (with ss. 29, 192, 193); S.I. 2009/ 3250, {art. 2(h)} (with arts. 6, 9)

F13S. 2(9) inserted "after subsection (8)" (temp. from 3.4.2006 with effect as mentioned in Sch. 4 para. 361 of the amending Act) by virtue of Constitutional Reform Act 2005 (c. 4), ss. 15, 148(1), Sch. 4 para. 385(2)(3); S.I. 2006/1014, art. 2(a), Sch. 1 para. 11(cc)

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