REVIEW OF CIVIL PROCEDURE IN 2020 III : SOME FACTS AND FIGURES: POPULAR BLOG POSTS, VISITOR NUMBERS AND SEARCH TERMS

Needless to say this has been an unusual year for litigators.   It is always interesting to review what have been the most popular posts on this blog and look at some facts and figures.  Can we tell anything about the state of civil litigation from the most popular blog posts read or the search terms that lead to this blog?

TOP TEN BLOG POSTS

 

  1. More Rules Changes in April: Changes to the Statement of Truth: you have been warned.
  2. Civil Litigation in a time of total uncertainty: 10 key points on difficulties arising out of the coronavirus outbreak
  3. New Mandatory Requirements for witness statements in April: state the process by which the statement was obtained
  4. Claimant who fails to obtain court fee remission – can recover the court fee: Circuit Judge decision on appeal.
  5. Good morning folks: Remember (to add to all your other troubles) the rules change today. 
  6. Update on Covid-19 and the Courts: Guidance from the Lord Chief Justice.
  7. Unsuccessful appeal “to establish the liberty of inebriated English subjects to be allowed to lie undisturbed in their own vomit soaked clothing.”
  8. “My Lady – the microphone is still on”: there is a lesson here for us all… 
  9. General Guidance on PDF Bundles for Hearings: Guidance issued today.
  10. It is here: Extensions of time and the Coronavirus Crisis.

SEDLEY’S LAW OF BUNDLES: STILL IN THE TOP 20 AFTER ALL THESE YEARS

Seven years after it was first written (and having spent several years in the top spot) the post Trial Bundles: timing, contents and presentation: and do you know Sedley’s Laws? is at 11th place.   The post on PDF bundles has only (just) displaced it.

VISITOR NUMBERS

At the date of writing there have been 504,480 visitors and 1,461,492 views.

MOST POPULAR SEARCH TERMS

Unsurprisingly the most popular search term is “Civil Litigation Brief”, other popular search terms:

  • “gordon exall blog”.
  • “draft template of claimant’s witness statement in personal injury claim”.
  • “late service particulars of claim”.
  • “new statement of truth April 2020”.
  • “can you issue legal proceedings on behalf of a deceased person”.
  • “application for relief from sanctions”.
  • “protocol regarding remote hearings”.
  • “failure to serve particulars of claim”.
  • “service of proceedings on defendant at last known address suspicion not residing there”.
  • “civil litigation brief gordon exall coronavirus”.

MOST POPULAR LINKS

The most popular link people pressed on was  Pile v Chief Constable of Merseyside Police [2020] EWHC 2472 (QB).

The second most popular was Griffiths v TUI UK Ltd [2020] EWHC 2268 (QB)

WHAT DO WE MAKE OF ALL THIS?

Early in the year there was a lot of concern on litigating in the face of coronavirus. However the basics of civil procedure: witness statements, the revised statement of truth; service of proceedings and the never-ending changes to the rules have remained important.

ANY POINTERS FOR NEXT YEAR?

None from me.  There will, we can safely assume, be more cases about service of the claim form, and documents generally.  There are likely to be a few new additions to the “Proving Things” series.

HEADING OFF PROBLEMS FOR LITIGATORS

A reminder that, in early 2021, I am doing a series of webinars on “Staying Safe in Personal Injury Practice”.

 

I am also giving a webinar on Insolvency and the Personal Injury Lawyer (another recurring source of problems recorded on this blog), details are available here.