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SANCTIONS: A stitch in time

13 June 2014  

Maura McIntosh outlines a recent decision of Lord Justice Jackson on extensions of time

In a judgment handed down on 20 May 2014, Lord Justice Jackson has taken the opportunity to clarify the effect of his reforms on extensions of time: Hallam Estates Ltd v Baker [2014]. Jackson LJ referred to his recommendation that the court should be ‘less tolerant than hitherto of unjustified delays and breaches of orders’ and that this change should be signalled by amendment of CPR 3.9 which governs applications for relief from sanctions. That, he said, remains his firm view. He welcomed the fact that the recommendation has been implemented, leading to a new and more disciplined approach to the conduct of civil litigation. He added, however:

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  • Case(s) Referenced:

    Hallam Estates Ltd & anor v Baker [2014] EWCA Civ 661

    Kaneria v Kaneria & ors [2014] EWHC 1165 (Ch)

    Mitchell MP v News Group Newspapers Ltd [2013] EWCA Civ 1537