August 13, 2018
The MoJ is seeking views on changes to Part 39 of the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR) “Miscellaneous provisions relating to hearings.”
The MoJ explains that Part 39 provides general direction on the conduct of hearings. The proposed changes in the consultation have been drawn up to clarify open justice requirements in relation to hearings in private and reporting restrictions.
In addition, the proposed amendments widen the definition of a “hearing” explicitly to take into account technological developments, introduce new rules for parties communicating with the court, and supplement the provision of transcripts. The consultation closes on 23 August 2018. To access the consultation, click here.