Default judgment—video hearings pilot scheme (CPR PD 51V)
Default judgment—video hearings pilot scheme (CPR PD 51V)

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

  • Default judgment—video hearings pilot scheme (CPR PD 51V)
  • What is the purpose of the pilot scheme?
  • When does the pilot scheme apply?
  • Application—allocation and notification
  • Application—mandatory conditions
  • Relationship between the pilot scheme and other CPR provisions

This Practice Note considers the video hearings pilot scheme which runs from 30 November 2018 to 30 November 2019. The pilot scheme found in Practice Direction 51V (CPR PD 51V) provides for applications to set aside default judgments, obtained under CPR 12, to take place using a video hearing. The pilot scheme only applies where the judgment in default was entered by the County Court for a specified amount of money. The pilot scheme is non-mandatory. For the pilot scheme to apply, the parties must consent to a video hearing and must have the necessary IT equipment required to participate in a video hearing.

HMCTS published a news letter providing information on the pilot scheme. See:

HMCTS Change Programme Newsletter

The 101st Practice Direction update sets out the pilot scheme in its schedule:

101st Practice Direction update

Note: the video hearings pilot scheme is referenced as Practice Direction 51U in the 101st Practice Direction update. This is the same as the disclosure pilot for the Business and Property Courts which is in force from 1 January 2019. Having raised this with the Ministry of Justice, it has been confirmed this was an error and the video hearings pilot scheme should have been referenced as CPR PD 51V.

What is the purpose of the pilot scheme?

The purpose of the pilot scheme is to test a