HHJ Robertshaw Notice – Experts
HHJ Robertshaw has asked me to circulate the attached as she has concerns that the instruction of experts in Devon is extremely high – much higher than most other DFJ areas.
The attached memo that has just arrived from the President is a very timely and important reminder to adopt a robust and enquiring approach to the use of experts. Judges must scrutinise each and every application for an expert and consider and apply the criteria robustly.
Please have this memo at your fingertips whenever you are asked to consider granting permission for the instruction of an expert, whenever you are considering making an application for the instruction of an expert and whenever you give your response to such a request by another party.
PFD – Memo – Experts – 13 October 2021
HHJ Robertshaw – Late Filing of Bundles – Practice Direction
Further notice from HHJ Robertshaw:
Increasingly, bundles are being filed late in contravention of case management orders. The frequency of this occurring is high. Directions specifying when bundles are to be filed (eg that bundles are to be filed at least three working days or 48 hours before a hearing) are being ignored. Bundles are invariably being filed the day before a hearing and even on the morning of the hearing. No explanation has been given when bundles are filed late.
The consequence of late filing of bundles places Judiciary and staff under unnecessary, increased and disproportionate pressure. Judges’ lists are already filled to over capacity. They should not be expected to chase staff and in turn, staff who are similarly working under pressure, chase parties for bundles. Judges should not be expected to forgo essential breaks during their lunch hours or evenings due to non compliance with case management orders. The health and welfare of the Judiciary and staff requires that they must be protected from such unreasonable and unnecessary demands.
- UNLESS A CASE MANAGEMENT ORDER PROVIDES OTHERWISE, OR A HEARING IS LISTED AT SHORT NOTICE, BUNDLES MUST BE EFILED NOT LESS THAN THREE WORKING DAYS PRIOR TO A HEARING
- THE LATE FILING OR ABSENCE OF A HEARING BUNDLE IS LIKELY TO RESULT IN A HEARING BEING VACATED
Friday Night Drinks Social/Networking – Friday 29 October 2021
We have booked The Treasury for a joint Plymouth Law Society and Plymouth Junior Lawyer Division social/networking event on Friday 29 October at 5.15pm.
We shall offer a first free drink (wine/beer/soft drink) to PLS and PJLD members.
Please come along and invite other members from your firm to join us (it is pay day!)
Hope to see you there.Best wishes
President of the Plymouth Law Society
Telephone: 01752 203536