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Practice and Procedure of the Commercial Court

Page 27 CHAPTER 2 THE COMMERCIAL COURT USERS’ COMMITTEE THE COMMERCIAL COURT USERS’ COMMITTEE The chief and most effective means of ensuring that the Commercial Court is aware of and catering for the needs of those who use it is the Commercial Court Committee, formerly known as, and sometimes still referred to as, the Commercial Court Users’ Committee. 1 This was set up by the Lord Chancellor in 1977 2 under the chairmanship of the judge in charge of the Commercial List, then Mr Justice Kerr. The purpose of the Committee was to provide a direct link between the commercial users of the court and the court itself, for the purpose of improving the service which the court is able to offer. The terms of reference of the Committee, as originally specified, were to consider and keep under review the working of the Commercial Court and the Arbitration Special Case procedure and to make recommendations to the Lord Chancellor as might be necessary from time to time. It is thus a standing committee.

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