Notwithstanding Covid-19 restrictions, all urgent matters such as applications for injunctions and petitions to wind up companies, were heard in accordance with standard practice. Almost all cases listed for hearing that were adjourned generally and did not involve oral testimony, have since been heard or assigned a date for hearing.
On 30th July 2020, cases previously adjourned generally will be assigned new hearing dates.
On 15th October 2020, new cases which have been certified as ready for hearing will be assigned hearing dates.
On 22nd October 2020, any outstanding matters such as motions, for mentions etc. which were adjourned generally will be assigned dates.
The Chancery 1 Motion list has resumed, and judges will sit throughout September 2020 to clear the backlog of approximately 147 motions.
The Chancery 2 Motion list has also resumed. Following additional sittings due to take place on 7th and 8th September next, the list will be up to date.
Plans are advancing to ensure that as much work as possible in the Chancery lists is done remotely. At this time, it is not proposed to hear any application or proceedings in which one of the parties does not have legal representation, remotely. However, that is a situation which will remain under review.
Parties are asked to monitor the Courts Service website and the Legal Diary for Practice Directions as may apply to Remote Hearings and the delivery/filing of Written Submissions in Chancery matters.