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Tick all the boxes

District Judge Marshall Phillips explains how to avoid common problems with correspondence and applications to the court

28 March 2017

As a district judge, a significant amount of my time is spent dealing with what we call ‘boxwork’, namely dealing with cases on paper, without a hearing.

This includes dealing with correspondence, allocation to track and the giving of directions in small-claim and fast-track cases, the listing of disposal hearings where liability is admitted, dealing with application notices (adding the standard CPR 23.10 paragraph so that a party not served with the application can apply to set it aside or vary it), making unless orders, approving consent orders, and so on.

In doing so, the court often has to request further information or refuse a consent order, which is time consuming for both the court and the solicitor, and increases delay and cost. With this in mind, I thought it might be helpful if I made the following suggestions, dealing with instances which regularly ar...

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