Extension of time
Extension of time

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

  • Extension of time
  • Coronavirus (COVID-19)
  • Compliance with time limits
  • Agreeing an extension of time with the other party/ies
  • Applying to the court for an extension of time
  • Responding to an application for an extension of time
  • Court specific guidance

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.

If your claim is in the Business and Property Courts you should consider whether it would be appropriate to proceed under the capped costs list pilot scheme. This is a voluntary scheme which requires the agreement of all parties. It contains specific guidance on extensions of the time limits applicable to cases in the capped costs list. For guidance, see Practice Note: Business and Property Courts—Capped Costs List pilot scheme.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The guidance detailing normal practice set out in this Practice Note may be affected by measures concerning process and procedure in the civil courts that have been introduced as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. In particular, note that when the court is considering an application for an extension of time for compliance with directions, in so far as compatible with the proper administration of justice, the court will take into account the impact of the coronavirus pandemic (CPR PD 51ZA, para 4). Any such application should explain how the party has been impacted by the pandemic, why they are unable to comply within the existing time limit, any