Courts

  •  Practice Note - Possession claims against trespassers

    • Practice Note issued by Chief Chancery Master Marsh in September 2016 for the Chancery Division and Queen's Bench Division of the High Court in London

  •  June 2016 - Standard Directions for Opposed Lease Renewals under the 1954 Act

    • Form BLR3. Draft Directions prepared by HHJ Dight and circulated to judges at the Central London County Court for opposed lease renewals under the 1954 Landlord & Tenant Act.

  •  June 2016.  Standard Directions for Unopposed Lease Renewals under the 1954 Act

    • Form BLR1. Draft Directions prepared by HHJ Dight and circulated to judges at Central London County Court for unopposed lease renewals under the 1954 Landlord & Tenant Act.

  •  Tribunal Fee Changes - First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) Residential Property Division

    • Letter from Peter Frost, HMCTS Operations Manager, regarding Tribunal Fee Changes, First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) Residential Property Division.

  •  February 2016 - Timescale for closure of County Courts

    • COUNTY COURT CLOSURES The earliest closures are due to take place between February and June 2016. The list shows the County Courts due to close and approximate timescale for closure.

  •  Minutes of Central London County Court Chancery User Group. 3 February 2016

    • Meeting Chaired by HHJ Dight.

  •  Minutes of PLA meeting with Central London County Court representatives on 20 January 2016

     Central London County Court - Key Performance Indicators, Spring 2016

    • Minutes of a meeting attended by HH Judge Dight and Sarah Christou (Senior Operations Manager) representing the CLCC and Keith Conway, Alison Hardy, Kerry Glanville, Bryan Johnston and Duncan Freeman from the PLA. These discussions follow publication of the PLA Court Users' Feedback Report published in December 2015.

  •  PLA Court Users’ Feedback Report - published December 2015

    • The PLA Law Reform Committee, over the past 12 months, has been gathering feedback from members in order to assess the courts' functionality and to identify how the County Court system could be improved. The resulting Report has now been published. It is obvious from the results that the County Courts are perceived by PLA members and their cleints to be in systemic decline. This has resulted in a detrimental effect on the public's access to justice and is a matter of great concern to PLA members. The PLA hopes that by publishing the Report and presenting court users' feedback, the Ministry of Justice, HMCTS and particular County Courts will be better able to target specific areas for improvement. We are well aware that HMCTS is burdened with necessary funding cuts, staff reductions and Court closures, which is why this Report goes beyond outlining the County Courts' weaknesses.

  •  Chancery Masters’ Orders - 1 October 2014

     Practice Note - 1 October 2014

    • New Practice Direction and Chancery Masters' Orders
    From 1 October 2014 the Chancery Division of the High Court is effecting changes to its file handling system which will affect the way it stores case information and documentation, pending the introduction of direct electronic filing in 2015. For example, a "no bundle, no hearing" policy is being adopted, so that a hearing bundle will be required for every hearing, however short, usually to be lodged two clear days before the hearing. Further, exhibits to witness statements in Part 7 claims which exceed 30 pages must not be filed without a court direction; in Part 8 claims, a direction should be sought regarding exhibits exceeding 100 pages. In addition, there will be, from 1 October 2014, changes to the way in which most orders made by Chancery Masters are produced and served. For example, the parties will be required, wherever possible, to provide the court with the order for approval and sealing, in a prescribed new form, and one of the parties will be ordered to serve it. Consent orders must be lodged with a clean copy by email containing an undertaking to pay the court fee within 2 working days.

  • • ONLINE COURT AND TRIBUNAL SEARCH FACILITY http://courttribunalfinder.service.gov.uk. Search for Courts or Tribunals in England and Wales or Tribunals in Scotland by postcode, court or tribunal name, region, area of law. Information for each court includes court number, address, phone numbers, map and directions, building facilities, etc.


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