Mr Justice Mostyn – National lead Judge of the Financial Remedies Court:
1 First Appointments should be done wherever possible using the “accelerated” paper-only procedure in the fourth schedule to the FRC Protocol. The terms of that schedule do not need to be followed strictly; judicial latitude is encouraged. Judges should accept consent orders dealing with FAs routinely. www.judiciary.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019...ol-November-2019.pdf
2 Parties should be encouraged to have their FDRs done privately. Such private FDRs should routinely be done remotely. Most barristers’ chambers and solicitors’ offices will have facilities to enable FDRs to be done remotely.
3 The default position for other hearings is that they should e done either by Skype (Skype for Business is available on all Judicial laptops) or by telephone. The extent of the existing virtual courts project is actively being investigated.
4 Physical hearings should only take place when absolutely unavoidable.