The availability of court documents after litigation has finished — CPR 31.22

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Parties to litigation need to consider the risk that their commercially confidential information may be disclosed, either to the other side or to the general public in the course of the litigation.

Following Addleshaw Goddard’s general article last summer about how the rule that entitles non-parties to obtain copies of certain documents on the court file without the court’s permission, this article reviews recent decisions on later use of documents that have been disclosed.

CPR 31.22 contains a general prohibition on the use of disclosed documents: a party to whom a document has been disclosed may use it only for the purpose of the proceedings in which it is disclosed, unless one of the following exceptions applies…

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