The court process can be an unpleasant experience for litigants, particularly when a trial may be lengthy and the costs incurred could be considerable. These issues are more common in complicated or high value cases allocated to the multi-track of the court system.
Part 29 of the Civil Procedure Rules provides guidance on the procedure to be followed from allocation to trial in multi-track cases.
As of 01 October 2014 the Count Court in central London is partaking in a pilot study aiming to reduce the number of hearings in multi-track cases. The new scheme is predicted to cut the duration of cases by an average of 3 months. This of course will be beneficial to litigants as it will not only reduce time but also reduce cost and one should hope, any stress attributed to the engagement in court proceedings.
The pilot will last 12 months after which the Civil Procedure Rule Committee will consider and review the findings.
Whether the pilot scheme is successful remains to be seen but of course we will keep updating this website with developments and draw a conclusion from the final report.
By Paul Stubbs