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Procedural arrangement of the role of the judge in the process of litigation, where the judge is in charge of the manner in which the case proceeds. It should not be mistaken for an inquisitorial process, which traditionally prevailed in continental Europe. Rather, it is a relatively new concept, most prevalent in the UK owing to the reforms following the Civil Procedure Review by Lord Woolf and the consequent introduction of the Civil Procedure Rules 1998. The Rules introduced the judicial duty to follow the ‘overriding objective’ of dealing with cases justly. In order to fulfil this duty, judges may call case management conferences, and give orders during the process.