Commercial Court (Resources)

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 3rd December 1984.

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Photo of Sir Patrick Mayhew Sir Patrick Mayhew , Tunbridge Wells 12:00 am, 3rd December 1984

My hon. Friend is right in his reference to the invisible export capacity of the commercial court. Delays have increased because the number of cases tried in the commercial list has greatly increased in recent years. In some ways, it is a victim of its own success. It is for the Lord Chief Justice to determine how many judges at any one time should be engaged on commercial work, but the Lord Chancellor is concerned to examine whether time savings can be made by any changes in the procedural rules.