Business and Property Courts—shorter trials scheme for claims issued on or after 1 October 2015
Business and Property Courts—shorter trials scheme for claims issued on or after 1 October 2015

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

  • Business and Property Courts—shorter trials scheme for claims issued on or after 1 October 2015
  • Purpose of the shorter trials scheme
  • To which claims does the shorter trials scheme apply?
  • Time periods under the shorter trials scheme
  • Pre-action conduct in a shorter trials scheme claim
  • Starting a shorter trials scheme claim
  • Responding to a shorter trials scheme claim
  • Transferring to or from the shorter trials scheme
  • Designated judge
  • Case management conference (CMC) under the shorter trials scheme
  • more

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.

This Practice Note gives guidance on the shorter trials scheme (STS) in CPR PD 57AB to claims issued on or after 1 October 2015 in the Business and Property courts. The scheme is intended to effect resolution of commercial disputes within commercial time-frames through streamlining and controlling various case management procedures, including the pre-action procedure, statements of case, costs budgeting, disclosure, factual and expert evidence, interim applications, the trial timetable, cross examination at trial, etc.

CPR PD 57AB deals with both the shorter and flexible trials schemes and came into effect on 1 October 2018, following a successful pilot scheme which operated under CPR PD 51N in the Rolls Building only. From 1 October 2018, the STS applies to all Business and Property Courts and to claims issued on or after 1 October 2015. The flexible trials scheme (FTS) is also contained in CPR PD 57AB. This Practice Note only considers the STS. For guidance on the FTS, see Practice Note: Business and Property Courts—flexible trials scheme for claims issued on or after 1 October 2015.

Note:

  1. where the provisions of CPR PD 57AB conflict with other