Personal injury firms should temporarily agree to accept service by email and freeze limitation periods, according to Covid-19 guidance issued to claimant and defendant lawyers today.
Fewer than half of courts and tribunals will remain open for face-to-face hearings as part of efforts to maintain a “core justice system focused on the most essential cases”.
The High Court has adjourned an upcoming trial, saying that the coronavirus guidance did not allow it to take place on the papers, but a $500m Commercial Court trial begins this morning via Zoom.
A new practice direction clarifying when civil courts may derogate from the principle of open justice to conduct hearings remotely in private has been published today.
A protocol aimed at cutting out opportunistic tactics by either claimants or defendants in PI cases during the Covid-19 pandemic has been unveiled by leading claimant firm Thompsons and the ABI.
A High Court judge who sat on the witness evidence working group has ordered witness statements in a case before him to be revised to remove inappropriate content.
A barrister has spoken of how a self-isolating defendant in a fast-track personal injury claim appeared before the court via WhatsApp video.
Barristers from Exchange Chambers have successfully concluded what they believe to be the first joint settlement meeting using video-link technology.