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NEW RULES FOR DISCLOSURE OF EVIDENCE IN ENGLISH COURTS: A CHANGE FOR THE BETTER?

FOREIGN CIVIL PROCEDURE


A.A. SELKOVA

A.A. SELKOVA,
Lecturer of the Department of Civil Procedure
at the Ural State Law University

DOI: 10.24031/2226-0781-2019-9-3-170-177

The author examines the reform of the procedure for the presentation and disclosure of
evidence in English courts, which radically changes the previous procedure. The author
reveals in detail all aspects of evidence procedure affected by the reform. Particular
attention is paid to the consideration of new procedural models of disclosure of evidence.
The author analyzes the features of each model, its specificity. In addition, the author
considers other innovations that have affected the process of proof in connection with the
reform. Separately, the author points out the advantages and disadvantages of the new
rules. Also, the author assesses the prospects for further development of the reforms, their
impact on the procedural status of the court and participants in the proceedings. The author
makes a detailed review of the changes that will occur at all stages of the procedure for the
presentation and disclosure of evidentiary information, including the use of automated
information processing technologies and the filling of new procedural documents. In
addition to this, the author analyzes the reasons that prompted to abandon the previously
used standard model of disclosing evidence. The author comes to the conclusion that the
standard model has ceased to correspond to modern realities and can no longer be used in
the conditions of active electronic document flow and a significant array of digital data. In
turn, the reform proposes a modernized procedure for disclosing evidence that is suitable
for use in modern conditions.

Keywords: procedural models of evidence; disclosure of evidence; subject of proof; electronic
documents.

References

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Information about the author

Selkova A.A. (Yekaterinburg, Russia) – Lecturer of the Department of Civil Procedure
at the Ural State Law University (21 Komsomolskaya St., Yekaterinburg, 620137,
Russia; e-mail: beatrixkiddokill@yandex.ru).

Recommended citation

Selkova A.A. New Rules for Disclosure of Evidence in English Courts: A Change
for the Better? Herald of Civil Procedure, 2019, vol. 9, no. 3, p. 170–177. (In Russian).
https://doi.org/10.24031/2226-0781-2019-9-3-170-177

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