chapter  7
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One of the fundamental principles of the civil justice reforms was that there should be a single means of starting proceedings. Lord Woolf argued that the complexity of the old rules of court were an obstacle to access to justice, citing as a prime example of that complexity the multiplicity of forms that could be used to start an action. In his view, the rules on starting proceedings needed simplification and should be the same for both the High Court and county courts.1