Disclosure pilot scheme—when and where it applies

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

  • Disclosure pilot scheme—when and where it applies
  • Where to find the rules for the pilot scheme
  • Time period of the disclosure pilot scheme
  • In which courts does the disclosure pilot apply?
  • Applies—mandatory
  • Applies—with modifications
  • Exceptions—applies if ordered by the court
  • Pilot scheme does not apply
  • Transfer to a court in which the pilot scheme does not apply
  • Types of claims and whether the pilot scheme applies
  • More...

Disclosure pilot scheme—when and where it applies

This Practice Note explains when, as well as where, the disclosure pilot scheme applies. It explains which courts apply the pilot scheme (including in modified form) and which specifically exclude it. It also considers the type of claims to which it is applied or excluded.

For other guidance covering the disclosure pilot scheme, see: Disclosure pilot scheme—overview.

Where to find the rules for the pilot scheme

The disclosure pilot scheme is set out in CPR PD 51U. This contains:

  1. the disclosure rules governing the pilot scheme

  2. the Disclosure Review Document (DRD)

    Appendix 2 to PD 51U—Disclosure Review Document

  3. the Certificate of Compliance

    Appendix 3 to PD 51U—Certificate of Compliance

  4. the Disclosure Certificate

    Appendix 4 to PD 51U—Disclosure Certificate

Time period of the disclosure pilot scheme

The disclosure pilot scheme will run until 31 December 2022 (CPR PD 51U, para 1.2). However, the pilot scheme will continue to apply after that date in any proceedings in which the disclosure pilot scheme had been applied as at that date (CPR PD 51U, para 1.7).

The disclosure pilot scheme commenced on 1 January 2019 for an initial two-year period, but has been extended:

  1. to run for three years—the change was made by the 122nd Practice Direction Amendment, see News Analysis: 122nd practice direction update—various

  2. to run for four years—the change will be made on 1 October 2021. For insight, see

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