Post-trial procedures and considerations
Post-trial procedures and considerations

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

  • Post-trial procedures and considerations
  • Post-trial issues
  • The judgment
  • Costs
  • Appeals
  • Enforcement pending appeal

In the context of litigation, the trial hearing is understandably the primary focus of both litigants and the legal practitioners alike. However, there are a number of important administrative issues and post-trial procedures that need to be considered and addressed once the trial has ended. This Practice Note is intended to provide an overview of these issues and procedures.

Post-trial issues

Following the conclusion of the trial, legal practitioners must deal with a number of administrative issues. These include:

  1. court bundles and counsel briefs—usually these have to be collected from the court and from chambers, although the court may sometimes wish to retain a copy

  2. cancelling services—if the trial ends earlier than expected it is important to notify witnesses and transcribers. If IT and other services arrangements had been arranged, these will also need to be cancelled

  3. dealing with documentation—most trials will result in a vast amount of paper and electronic documentation. It is important for these to be dealt with appropriately as some documents may be confidential, commercially sensitive or subject to privilege. There is also likely to be third party proprietary documentation which must be treated with particular care. Pending judgment and any subsequent appeal, it is typical for the solicitors to retain these documents

    Following judgment, if an appeal is not pursued then the documentation relating to