Earlier this year a raft of changes to the Civil Procedure Rules were introduced under the banner of “the Jackson reforms”. 6 months later a picture is emerging as to the impact those changes will have upon anyone unfortunate enough to be a party to civil litigation. The most striking change is that Judges are no longer willing to indulge parties who, for whatever reason, do not comply with timetables set down by the Court. In one recent case a defendant sought an extension of time to prepare witness statements. An extension was granted – for all of 24 hours! The lesson? Whether you actively embark upon litigation or have it thrust upon you, be prepared and gather all the relevant evidence at an early stage. Failure to do so may result in your claim or defence being struck out.
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