Adjourning interim hearings

The following Dispute Resolution practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Adjourning interim hearings
  • Power to adjourn an interim hearing
  • What factors will a court take into account on an application to adjourn an interim hearing?
  • Adjournment on the basis of inability to attend the hearing
  • Adjournment on the grounds of ill-health
  • Adjournment due to ill health of a party
  • Adjournment due to ill health of counsel
  • Making an application to adjourn
  • Costs of the adjournment
  • Appealing the decision
  • More...

Adjourning interim hearings

This Practice Note provides guidance on the interpretation and application of the relevant provisions of the CPR. Depending on the court in which your matter is proceeding, you may also need to be mindful of additional provisions—see further below.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): The guidance detailing normal practice set out in this Practice Note may be affected by measures concerning process and procedure in the civil courts that have been introduced as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. For further information, see the main section below entitled: Adjournments and coronavirus (COVID-19).

This Practice Note provides guidance on the courts’ general approach to applications to adjourn an interim hearing. For examples of how the principles discussed below have been applied by the courts in practice, see Practice Note: Adjourning interim hearings—illustrative decisions.

Power to adjourn an interim hearing

The court has power to adjourn a hearing under CPR 3.1(2)(b). Note that ‘hearing’ is defined in the CPR as ‘the making of any interim or final decision by a judge…’ so CPR 3.1(2)(b) will apply to interim hearings and the trial.

For information on adjourning trial, see Practice Note: Adjourning trial.

What factors will a court take into account on an application to adjourn an interim hearing?

No guidance is given in CPR 3.1(2)(b) as to how the power to adjourn should be exercised. It is therefore governed by the overriding objective

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