Perhaps we should bring in the teaching professions at this stage. How would you teach this system to a student. What are the principles:
- How are the issues between the parties set out ?
- Who is in control of the procdure: an efficient court administration or the parties themselves as in the UK?
- Is it all done on paper?
- Where do we file?
- How and when do we exchange documents?
- What are the fees?
- Where is everything published online?
SNOOK ? It certainly seems to me that leaving the parties in control for 6 months before anybody can reign them in means that we have the same old expensive system where most of the early work is wasted as it is in most EPO oppositions.
Obviously this rant is not helpful and the detailed and wondrous AIPPI paper (sent to members on 11 September and not yet on the AIPPI UK site ) is likely to be more in line with the consultation requirements, dealing as it does in great detail with drafting points on many of the 382 rules and they aren't things like "Don't be Ridiculous - this is being funded by taxpayers who don't even provide legal aid any more to their own citizens" in respect of the section on Legal Aid but Article 71 says the Rules of Procedure must deal with it for natural persons so we must, but we hardly need to repeat the Article in Rule 375 do we?
The legal aid we all need is simple easily navigable rules, so we can eliminate the need for a new profession of UPC procedure rules experts at €400 per hour.