Coronavirus (Covid-19)—SCCO guidance for detailed assessment from 1 August 2020
Coronavirus (Covid-19)—SCCO guidance for detailed assessment from 1 August 2020

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

  • Coronavirus (Covid-19)—SCCO guidance for detailed assessment from 1 August 2020
  • Detailed assessment hearings
  • Filing papers in support of the bill electronically
  • Filing papers in support of the bill electronically—method of filing
  • Filing papers in advance of detailed assessment hearings other than electronically
  • Applications and criminal appeal costs
  • Provisional assessments
  • Provisional assessment and the Court of Protection
  • Guidance on remote hearings

This Practice Note sets out the guidance provided by the Senior Costs Judge, Andrew Gordon-Saker in a judicial Practice Note published in July 2020. It explains how hearings and detailed assessments will be dealt with in the Senior Courts Costs Office (SCCO) from Saturday 1 August 2020.

The Practice Note makes it clear that due to the hard work of the court staff, together with practitioners willingness to adapt, very few costs hearings in the SCCO have had to be adjourned during the current pandemic. The purpose of the judicial Practice Note is to put in place clear guidance as to how hearings and detailed assessments will be conducted in the SCCO moving forward. A copy of the Practice Note is available here:

This Practice Note sets out the different issues covered in the judicial Practice Note and provides links through to useful underlying guidance.

Detailed assessment hearings

A detailed assessment hearing will now follow one of three formats, being:

  1. a remote hearing with the judge and all parties appearing by telephone or video

  2. a partly remote hearing with the judge and one or more parties in court and one or more parties appearing by telephone or video

  3. a hearing with the judge and all parties in court

As to which format will be used, this will be determined by the costs judge or the costs officer and notified

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