This year marks the twenty-first anniversary of The White Book and the ‘revolution in civil litigation’.

In 1994 the Lord Chancellor, Lord Mackay of Clashfern, directed the Master of Rolls to prepare a report on access to justice issues in the civil justice system and on 26 July 1999, Lord Woolf published his Access to Justice Report 1996. 

The main principle of the ‘revolution’ was to challenge the inequality, unfairness and injustice of the system and a new set of procedural rules were produced by The White Book Service. 

In 1999, when the makeup of the judiciary and the advocates who appeared before the High Court bench was entirely white, it did not cross anyone’s mind that th...

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