What does it mean? The Civil Procedure Rules are designed to promote justice for all. The foundation stone of those rules is referred to as the ‘overriding objective’. This objective decrees that all cases are conducted justly, fairly and in a time efficient and proportionate manner. All cases must be conducted in compliance with court rules, practice directions, orders and procedures. 
 
The court is striving to make the whole culture of litigation less adversorial and conflict driven and more inquisitorial. It is the overriding objective which provides the safeguard for a Litigant in Person perhaps along with a McKenzie Friend to be treated fairly. 
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