ADEQUATE TIME ESTIMATES: WAS THIRTY MINUTES LONG ENOUGH?
One other aspect of the judgment HHJ Lethem in Ivanoy -v- Lubble (Central London County Court 17th January 2020) relates to time estimates. It highlights the importance of giving appropriate time estimates, reviewing the estimate if the matter becomes complex and the difficulties posed to the courts when time estimates are not realistic.
The judge was hearing an appeal from a decision in relation to whether the defendant was liable to pay court fees when the claimant could have obtained fee remission. There were also complex issues in relation to whether the court had jurisdiction to hear an appeal on costs.
THE TIME ESTIMATE BEFORE THE DISTRICT JUDGE
The judgment runs to 62 paragraphs. The judge observed that the District Judge had been asked to deal with this issue in 30 minutes.