The following Dispute Resolution precedent provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:
Coronavirus (COVID-19): the guidance detailing normal practice set out in this Precedent 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 or an application for relief from sanctions, in so far as compatible with the proper administration of justice, the court will take into account the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic (CPR PD 51ZA, para 4). Note that CPR PD 51ZA is in force as of 2 April 2020 until 30 October 2020. For news and other resources to assist dispute resolution practitioners working in the civil courts to understand and stay ahead of fast-moving changes necessitated by the coronavirus pandemic, see Practice Notes: Coronavirus (COVID-19) implications for dispute resolution and Relief from sanctions—the courts’ approach.
Any application for relief from sanctions may be an additional or alternative application to some other form of relief eg permission to rely on the relevant evidence, permission to appeal the material order, etc. For further guidance, see Practice Note: Relief from sanctions—when (and when not) to use.
This Precedent should be read in conjunction with:
Practice Notes: Case management—compliance, Case management—court's powers—Dispute Resolution, Relief from sanctions—the application, Relief from sanctions—the courts’ approach,
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