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Under the CPR rules I need to effect personal service. Is this being relaxed due to coronavirus (COVID-19)? What happens if I cannot serve on the defendant personally?

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Published on LexisPSL on 06/04/2020

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  • Under the CPR rules I need to effect personal service. Is this being relaxed due to coronavirus (COVID-19)? What happens if I cannot serve on the defendant personally?

Under the CPR rules I need to effect personal service. Is this being relaxed due to coronavirus (COVID-19)? What happens if I cannot serve on the defendant personally?

At the time of publishing, the Master of the Rolls has issued three updates (numbers 116–118) which modify provisions of the CPR to reflect the impact of COVID-19, introducing three new practice directions, CPR PD 51Y, CPR PD 51Z and CPR PD 51ZA. None of these practice directions have modified any existing requirements in the CPR for personal service so it is safest to assume that all requirements for personal service continue as before.

In many cases, provisions which require mandatory personal

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