There is increasing concern regarding the volume of cases and delay in being allocated hearing dates. The article highlights that parties are incurring unnecessary costs as a result of the Court adjourning a case at the last minute after parties have already incurred the costs of representation for the hearing and time off work.
11 September 2017 County court adjournments increasing, Law Society research suggests County courts: judges giving LiPs leeway The number of cases being adjourned in the country court is increasing, research by the Law Society has suggested. Almost a third (32%) of cases were adjourned or deferred to another day in 2016/17, compared to 25% the previous year, according to those who replied to its survey. The most popular reason given for delays was the hearing being double booked (48%), with 36% blaming delays on judges scheduled to hear the case becoming “unexpectedly unavailable”. Litigants in person (LiPs) also featured prominently in the study, with 16% of solicitors saying their hearing was adjourned after an earlier case overran because of the involvement of LiPs.