These Rules may be cited as the Civil Procedure (Amendment No.2) Rules 2012 and shall come into force on 1 October 2012.
These Rules amend the Civil Procedures Rules 1998 (SI 1998/3132) ("the Rules") by-
- in Part 26 (case management - preliminary stage), providing that the court will make such order as it considers appropriate where a party fails to file an allocation questionnaire by the specified date as well as providing for the automatic transfer of proceedings in those cases where a claim is a designated money claim issued in Northampton County Court.
In addition, provision is made as regards the orders for costs that may be made in these circumstances;
- in Part 27 (the small claims track), providing for the recovery of the costs of obtaining transcripts in appeals from the small claims track from another party to the proceedings, as well as omitting an incorrect reference to Rule 27.14(3)(d) in that Part;
- in Parts 40 (judgments, orders, sale of land etc.), 52 (appeals), 76 (proceedings under the Prevention of Terrorism Act 2005), 79(proceedings under the Counter-Terrorism Act 2008) and 80 (proceedings under the Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures Act 2011), making amendments consequential on the replacement of Practice Direction 52, supporting Part 52 by a new set of Practice Directions 52A to 52E;
- in Part 52 (appeals), extending to High Court Judges, Designated Civil Judges and Specialist Circuit Judges the power which currently enables the Court of Appeal when refusing permission to appeal without a hearing, and where the application is considered to be totally without merit, to make an order that the person seeking permission may not request the decision to be reconsidered at a hearing. "Specialist Circuit Judge" is also defined;