PD51ZA WAS NOT EXTENDED: NEW PROVISIONS PLANNED TO ALLOW RULES TO BE CHANGED DURING PUBLIC EMERGENCY
There have been several enquiries recently as to whether PD51ZA, which allowed the parties to agree lengthier extensions of time, was extended. The simple answer is that it was not. The rule expired on 30th October 2020.
MINUTES OF THE CIVIL PROCEDURE RULE COMMITTEE
“The Chair noted that various enquiries from publishers and practitioners, including the Law Society have been raised via the secretariat as to whether this PD, which expired on 30 October 2020, will be extended. The views of Designated Civil Judges have also been canvassed, but there is no appetite for further extensions. As such, it was AGREED NOT TO EXTEND PD51ZA.”
POWER TO MAKE RULES IN A PUBLIC EMERGENCY
The Rules are to be amended to specifically allow amendments to be made when there is a public emergency.