Litigants in person to get assistance under CPR

Under proposed changes to the court rules, represented parties are to help their opponents out. It is very common that parties involved in small claims litigation do not have legal representation, whether by a solicitor or barrister. This is because it is usually very...

Judge Falls Asleep During A Hearing

There was a rather embarrassing news report about a Judge falling asleep during a court hearing. Mrs Justice Parker was according to the Judicial Conduct Investigations Office, given ‘formal advice’ over the incident. She has not therefore been reprimanded or...

The Importance of Following the Court Rules

People using the courts without representation, have often been given very sympathetic and lenient treatment by Judges and court staff. However, not knowing the law or the court rules, is no excuse for failing to follow them. As we explained recently here in the case...

Trial Fee Refund

The rules to obtain a trial fee refund changed with effect from 6 March 2017. There wasn’t much publicity about it and we only discovered it upon downloading the up to date form EX50 which contains the court fees. The Civil Proceedings Fees (Amendment) Order...