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CIVIL TRIAL AND EVIDENCE
PD 28 (the fast track), para 8, The Trial???
(1): the trial will normally take place at the court where the case is being managed, but it may be at another court if appropriate having regard to the needs of the parties and the availability of court resources.
(2): the (trial) judge will generally have read the papers in the trial bundle and may dispense with an opening address.
(3): the (trial) judge may confirm or vary any timetable given previously, or if none has been given set his own.
(4): attention is drawn to:
o r32.1: court's power to control evidence & restrict XX
o r32.5(2): witness statements to stand as evidence in chief.
(5) at conclusion of trial: the judge will normally summarily assess the costs (in fast-track) of the claim in accordance with r44.6 and section VI
Pt 45 (fast track trial costs). Attention is drawn to the steps the PDs about costs require the parties to take.
(6) where a trial is not finished on the day for which it is listed the judge will normally sit on the next court day to complete it.
CPR 29, the multi-track
29.2, Case Management
-(1) When it allocates a case to the multi-track, court will:
o (a) (no hearing): give directions for the management of the case and set a timetable for the steps to be taken between the giving of directions and the trial (without a hearing);
o (b) fix a hearing:
-(i) a case management conference; or
-(ii) a pre-trial review
-or both, and give other such directions relating to the management of the case as it sees fit.
-(2) Court will fix either the (i) trial date or (ii) 'trial period' (period in which the trial is to take place) as soon as practicable.
-(3) when the court fixes the trial date or trial period under para (2), it will:
o (a) give notice to the parties of the date or period; and
(b) specify the date by which the parties must file a pre-trial check list (see below).
29.8, Listing: Setting a trial timetable and confirming the trial date or week
-As soon as practicable after:
o (a) each party has filed a completed pre-trial check list;
o (b) the court has held a listing hearing under 29.6(4); OR
o (c) the court has held a pre-trial review under 29.7 ?
-the court will:
o (i) set a timetable for the trial unless (a) a timetable has already been fixed or (b) court considers it would be inappropriate to do so
(ii) confirm the date for trial or the week within which the trial is to begin; and
(iii) notify the parties of the trial timetable (where one is fixed)
and the date or trial period.
PD29 (The Multi-Track), paras 9-10
PARA 9, Directions the court will give on listing
-DIRECTIONS THE COURT MUST GIVE:
o Set a timetable (unless already fixed or court considers it inappropriate).
o fix the trial date or week;
o give a time estimate;
o fix the place of trial.
-The parties should seek to agree directions and may file an agreed order ? court may then make an order in those terms OR may make a different order.
-Agreed directions should include provision about:
o (a) evidence especially expert evidence
(b) a trial timetable and time estimate
(c) the preparation of a trial bundle; and
(d) any other matter needed to prepare for trial.
-The court will include such of these provisions as are appropriate in any order it may make (whether or not the parties have filed agreed directions).
-Unless a direction doing so has been given before, a direction giving permission to use expert evidence will say:
o whether it gives permission to use oral evidence or written reports or both;
o and will name the experts concerned.
PARA 10, The Trial
-The trial will normally take place at a Civil Trial Centre, but may be at another court if appropriate re needs of parties and court resources.
-The judge will generally have read the papers in the trial bundle and may dispense with an opening address
-Judge may confirm or vary any timetable given previously, of set his own if none has been given.
-Note r32.1, court's power to control evidence and restrict crossexamination.
-Note r32.5(1), statements and reports to stand as evidence in chief.
-In appropriate cases, judge may summarily assess costs under r44.6. ?
Once the trial of a multi-track claim has begun, the judge will normally sit on consecutive days until the trial is concluded.
CPR, 32 (Evidence)
32.1, Power of court to control evidence
-(1) the court may control the evidence by giving directions as to:
o (a) the issues on which it requires evidence;
o (b) the nature of the evidence which it requires to decide those issues;
o (c) the way in which the evidence is to be placed before the court.
-(2) the court may use its power under this rule to exclude evidence that would otherwise be admissible
-(3) the court may limit cross-examination
32.2, Evidence of witnesses - general rule
-(1) the general rule is that any fact which needs to be proved by the evidence of witnesses is to be proved:
o (a) at trial ? by their oral evidence given in public; AND
o (b) at any other hearing --> by their evidence in writing.
-(2) that is subject to:
o (a) any provision to the contrary in these Rules or elsewhere; or
(b) to any order of the court.
-(3) the court may give directions
(a) identifying or limiting the issues to which factual evidence may be directed
(b) identifying the witnesses who may be called or whose evidence may be read; or
(c) limiting the length or format of witness statements.
32.3, Evidence by video link or other means
-The court may allow a witness to give evidence through a video link or by other means.
32.4, Requirement to serve witness statements for use at trial
-(1) A "witness statement" is ? a written statement signed by a person which contains the evidence which that person would be allowed to give orally.
-(2) the court will order a party to serve on the other parties any witness statement of the oral evidence which the party serving the statement intends to rely on in relation to any issues of fact to be decided at the trial.
-(3) the court may give directions as to:
o (a) the order in which witness statements are to be served; and
(b) whether or not the witness statements are to be filed.
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