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Results of bill of costs and J-Codes survey

26 July 2017

In 2016 the Law Society carried out a survey on the new bill of costs and J-Codes.

The purpose of this survey was to:

  • better understand how prepared members were ahead of any change to a new electronic format bill of costs
  • learn more about how members record their time and which members are already using J-codes to time record
  • gauge practitioners' awareness of, and support for, the new format bill of costs and the senior courts costs office voluntary pilot scheme
  • find out members' training needs and how they can best be delivered.

Many people who responded to the survey said their time recording system did not currently support J-Codes, and some did not know whether it could.

Download a summary of the survey results (PDF 75kb).

The sample size is relatively small (around 100 respondents), so care should be taken when interpreting the results. The expected margin of error is around +/-10%.

The implementation for the new electronic bill of costs has now been delayed until April 2018, following the most recent meeting of the Civil Procedure Rule Committee. Members, and in particular civil litigators, should be aware that this will present a significant change of practice in terms of recording time.