Coronavirus (COVID-19)—Practice Direction staying possession proceedings amended

Coronavirus (COVID-19)—Practice Direction staying possession proceedings amended

The Lord Chancellor and Master of the Rolls have together signed an Amending Practice Direction, amending Practice Direction 51Z (PD51Z) of the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR) in relation to possession proceedings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. PD51Z suspends possession proceedings brought under CPR 1998 Part 55 for 90 days until 25 June 2020, starting when it came into effect on 27 March 2020.

The amendments to PD51Z, following the 121st Practice Direction (PD) Update, are intended to clarify that:

• during the stay, courts are not required to give any notice to parties

• nor does time run (in relation to time limits) during the stay

• the PD ceases to have effect on 25 June 2020, when the new rule comes into effect

The Civil Procedure (Amendment No.2) (Coronavirus) Rules 2020 has been put before Parliament and will temporarily amend the CPR 1998 Part 55. The new rules are to:

• avoid any gap in the operation of the stay on possession proceedings

• come into force on Thursday 25 June 2020 for a period of eight weeks

• expire on 23 August 2020

Source: 121st Practice Direction Update to the Civil Procedure Rules – Coronavirus Pandemic related

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