The buffer zone: parties to be allowed to agree extensions of time

By Helen Pickford

The Civil Procedure Rules Committee has agreed an amendment to the Civil Procedure Rules, which means that from 5 June 2014 parties can agree extensions of time in writing for up to a maximum of 28 days (provided certain conditions are met).

The Jackson reforms heralded a new regime in respect of sanctions that apply in the event of non-compliance with court rules, orders or directions.

From 1 April 2013, where a party has failed to comply with a rule, practice direction or court order, any sanction for failure to comply imposed by the rule, practice direction or court order has effect unless the party in default applies for and obtains relief from the sanction…

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