AMENDED LISTING PRIORITIES IN THE COUNTY COURT

The listing priorities in the county court were amended on 14.05.2020.

 

“Introduction

1. Listing is a judicial function.
2. All applications/hearings/trials should be considered in advance by a judge
in order for the judge to decide whether it should be listed for hearing and
to give all necessary directions.
3. The decision as to whether or not the application/hearing/trial should take
place at all, and if so, whether it should be partly or fully remote (in view
of the continuing Covid-19 crisis), or whether there should be a physical
hearing in court, are all matters for the judge.
4. When making such decisions, judges will consider carefully whether
suitable practical arrangements can be made to ensure the
application/hearing/trial can take place safely. This will involve
consideration of a variety of factors including the type of case, the venue
(i.e. whether there are suitable court buildings and court rooms available
where proper social distancing can take place), the length of any trial, and
(if relevant) the number of witness, the available witness handling facilities
and available technology.
5. It will therefore often be appropriate specifically to list cases for triage to
consider:
(a) whether in principle the application/hearing/trial should be listed;
and
(b) whether in practice all arrangements can be made to enable it to take
place safely.
Priority Work Which Must Be Done
1. Committals
2. Freezing Orders
3. Injunctions (and return days for ex parte injunctions).
4. The emphasis must be on those with a real time element (such
as post-termination employment restrictions), noise or
interference with property.
5. Anti-Social Behaviour/Harassment injunctions (not ancillary to
possession)
6. Production of persons in custody following Power of Arrest
detentions
7. Applications to displace under s 29 of MHA
8. Homelessness Applications
9. Enforcement work that does not involve bailiffs, such as thirdparty debt orders (particularly hardship payments).
10. Any applications in cases listed for trial in the next three
months
11. Any applications where there is a substantial hearing listed
in the next month.
12. All Multi Track hearings (including trials) which the judge
considers to be i) urgent and ii) suitable for hearing (either
remotely or in a physical hearing).
13. Appeals in all these cases

Other Work Which Should Be Done

All other applications/hearings/trials which (subject to staff support
and listing capacity) the judge considers i) should be heard and ii) suitable for
hearing (either remotely or in a physical hearing).”