101st CPR UPDATE: WELCOME TO THE VIDEO LINK WORLD

The 101st update to the Civil Procedure Rules apply from 8th and 30th November 2018.  The main development is a procedure whereby applications to set aside default judgment may be heard by video link.

SETTING ASIDE DEFAULT JUDGMENTS: HEARD BY VIDEO LINK

There is a test pilot to allow applications to set aside County Court default judgments to be heard by video link.  The hearings:

 “which are heard at the Manchester or Birmingham Civil Justice Centres, via an internet-enabled video link. Subject to their consent, the parties (or their legal representatives) will attend the hearing of the application, using the video-link, from suitable IT equipment and will see and hear, and will be seen and heard by, each other and the judge determining the application. Hearings will be held in public. Members of the public may access a hearing by attending the court in person and will see and hear the judge and the parties or their legal representatives on a screen set up in the court room.”

EXTENSION OF WORK THAT CAN BE DONE BY LEGAL ADVISER

There are also extensions to the work that legal advisers at the County Court Business Centre and County  Court Money Claims Centre can do.

The rules are available if you follow the link available here.