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Michael Tennant explains the changes to the CPR listing questionnaire

6 December 2002

The listing questionnaire (pre-hearing checklist) is revised from 2 December 2002, and given an important sub-title. To further the ‘change of culture’ envisaged by the Woolf reforms, the Civil Procedure Rules 1998 require the early allocation of trial dates or ‘windows.’ Thus, if cases proceed to a final hearing, arrangements can be made at a very early stage for witnesses, particularly experts if required, to be available to give evidence. Late applications to adjourn cases with the consequent waste of court time, parties’ time and costs are to be avoided. It is also essential that case management directions designed to produce an effective hearing are strictly complied with. ‘Tinkering’ with the mechanics of the trial process should take place at an early stage, so that trial dates/windows are effective. Past problems The listing questionnaire has been a feature of cases allocated to the Fast Track and to the Multi-track since the introduction o...

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