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Does a skeleton argument need to be filed at the same time as the application notice for an appeal?

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Published on LexisPSL on 15/01/2015

The following Dispute Resolution Q&A provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Does a skeleton argument need to be filed at the same time as the application notice for an appeal?
  • Appeals to the County Court or High Court
  • Appeals to the Court of Appeal
  • Further guidance

Does a skeleton argument need to be filed at the same time as the application notice for an appeal?

In general, the provisions governing appeals to the County Court, High Court and Court of Appeal are set out in Part 52 of the Civil Procedure Rules.

The rules in CPR 52 and CPR PD 52A contain the general provisions governing appeals to those courts. Additional provisions apply depending on where your appeal is taking place, ie:

  1. CPR PD 52B contains additional provisions for appeals to the County Court and the High Court

  2. CPR PD 52C contains additional provisions for appeals to the Court of Appeal

  3. CPR PD 52D contains additional provisions for statutory appeals

Appeals to the UK Supreme Court are governed by the Supreme Court Rules. For guidance on appeals to the UKSC, see: Appeals to the Supreme Court—overview, which has links through to further, more detailed, content on such appeals.

Appeals to the County Court or High Court

In appeals proceeding in the County Court or the High Court, skeleton arguments should only be filed and served in limited circumstances, namely those set out in CPR PD 52B, para 8.3. For further guidance, see: Skeleton Arguments in an appeal—general

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