Ford Legal Workshop: 5th Workshop 1970

Civil Procedure and Evidence

The 5th Legal Workshop arranged by the Institute and sponsored out of funds provided by the generosity of the Ford Foundation, was held at Passfield Hall from Sunday 12th July to Friday 17th July 1970. It dealt with topics in the field of: Civil Procedure and Evidence and was organised by Master I.H. Jacob, of the Queen's Bench Division of the High Court of Justice (later Director of the IALS) assisted by Mrs Jean Campbell, King's College, University of London.

The Workshop was attended by some 40 law teachers from universities and from the professional bodies in the United Kingdom. Foreign participants included: Professor R.H. Field of Harvard University, Professor Delmar Karlen of the Institute of Judicial Administration of New York University, Professor S. Borins of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. The Workshop was also attended by Masters of various divisions of the High Court of Justice and by representatives of the County Courts, the Council of Tribunals, the Consumer Council, the Law Society, the Cobden Trust, the Child Poverty Action Group and the National Council for Civil Liberties.

Academic Directors:

  • Master I.H. Jacob (Queen's Bench Division of the High Court of Justice)
  • assisted by Mrs Jean Campbell (King's College, University of London)

The first day of the Workshop was devoted to the ordinary and specialist procedures of the courts in the UK (with Miss S. Marsden-Smedley of the Consumer Council counterbalancing the lawyers' view).

On the second day possible reforms in the law of civil evidence were discussed, with comparative material from the United States and Canada provided by Professor R.H. Field (Harvard University) and Professor S. Borins (York University, Ontario, Canada).

On the third day appellate procedure was dealt with, and comparisons were made with the American system by Professor Delmar Karlen (Institute of Judicial Administration of New York University), and with the Soviet system in a paper submitted in absence by Professor A.K.R. Kiralfy (King's College, London). Attention was also given to the costs of litigation and the question of legal aid, with views from the Law Society being put by Mr A.F. Seton Pollock, one of its secretaries.

The subject matter of the fourth day was the working of tribunals, with guidance from Sir Diarmaid Conroy QC (President of Industrial Tribunals, England and Wales) and Mrs K. Bell (Council of Tribunals).

The fifth and final day was devoted to the teaching of civil procedure and evidence bu universities and the professional bodies, with American and Canadian experience again provided by Professor Field and Professor Borins.

A reception was held at the Institute on the evening of 12th July, and a formal dinner was given on 15th July at University College which was attended by several distinguished guests. Lord Denning, M.R. kindly made a speech.


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