Automatic orders pilot scheme [Archived]
Automatic orders pilot scheme [Archived]

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

  • Automatic orders pilot scheme [Archived]
  • Where and when did it apply?
  • What was it?
  • Stay of proceedings for one month
  • Failure by a party to file an allocation questionnaire
  • Failure to file a pre-trial checklist

ARCHIVED: Warning: this is for historical purposes only. This pilot scheme has now ended.

Where and when did it apply?

The Automatic Pilot Scheme (the Scheme) applied to all claims started on or after 1 October 2009 and ran until 30 September 2012.

What was it?

The Scheme worked so that in the event of default by a party to file important documents during the proceedings their claim was automatically struck out without any further order of the court. In addition, the Scheme provided that where parties wished to seek a stay of proceedings to explore settlement there was, no automatic strike out but, an automatic order for a stay. It was therefore important to be aware of the circumstances in which the Scheme applied which were where:

  1. all parties requested a stay of the proceedings for a period of one month

  2. any party failed to file an allocation questionnaire

  3. a party failed to file a pre-trial checklist and the case involved one claimant and one defendant and was allocated to the fast track

The provisions of the Scheme were set out in practice direction 51B