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ARCHIVED: Warning: this is for historical purposes only. This pilot scheme has now ended.
The Automatic Pilot Scheme (the Scheme) applied to all claims started on or after 1 October 2009 and ran until 30 September 2012.
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:
all parties requested a stay of the proceedings for a period of one month
any party failed to file an allocation questionnaire
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.
The Scheme provided that where all the parties requested a stay the court would automatically order the stay and would notify the parties that the stay had bee
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