We are continuing our series on Civil Procedure Rules, highlighting some of the little known but common rules and hopefully explaining them in plain English.
The next rule we will be looking at is rule 3.10 – Errors & Mistakes.
The rule says:
3.10 Where there has been an error of procedure such as a failure to comply with a rule or practice direction – (a) the error does not invalidate any step taken in the proceedings unless the court so orders; and (b) the court may make an order to remedy the error.
What does this mean?
Errors and mistakes happen. It is a part of life. If there has been an error of procedure, such as a failure to comply with a rule or practice direction, the error does not invalidate the step unless the court says so. An example could be the failure to copy in your opponent when communicating with the Court.
You can find the full Civil Procedure Rules online (currently) at https://www.justice.gov.uk/courts/procedure-rules/civil/rules
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