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Cutting down costs 
and delays in litigation

Ed Crosse provides an overview of the recently launched pilot schemes for shorter and flexible trials in commercial cases

3 November 2015

On 1 October 2015, ?two pilot schemes were launched in ?Rolls Building courts (the Commercial Court, the Technology and Construction Court, the Chancery and Queen’s Bench Divisions, and the London Mercantile Court): the shorter trials scheme and the flexible trials scheme. 

The schemes, which will be governed by the new practice direction 51N, provide for expedited procedures to cut down the costs and delay of pursuing commercial disputes in the High Court in London.

Shorter trials scheme

The shorter trials scheme involves streamlined directions leading to judgment within a year of issue of proceedings. ?The key elements include:

  • All cases will be managed and tried by a designated (docketed) judge only;

  • The scope of the pilot ?scheme will be confined ?to commercial and business cases which can be fairly ?tried on the basis of limited disclosure and oral evidence;

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