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LiP – keep informed?

We do not usually report on changes which are not yet in force. However, litigators have been warned to expect changes to the processes relating to litigants in person which might come into effect on 6 April 2019 through an SI (subject to parliamentary approval). 

Some of the proposed amendments to part 39 of the CPR include:

 

  • enabling the court to give directions to encourage represented parties to co-operate in providing an informal record of proceedings pending the approved transcript;

  • requiring the parties to copy in the other side when emailing the court;

  • copying in opponents – any written communication which is not copied to the other side will be returned to the sender by the court without being considered;

  • reasons for non-disclosure to the other party must clearly be stated in the communication with the court; and

  • conferring on the judge the power to direct that notes or other informal records of proceedings be shared with the other party.

 

These proposed changes are intended to address concerns that lawyers might be keeping litigants in person in the dark. Clearly these are wide-ranging changes and practitioners must be prepared for their implementation which could happen swiftly and at short notice. Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk 26 February 2019.

 

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