The Master of the Rolls issued a statement last week confirming that the overall arrangements for Possession Proceedings, which were implemented at the height of the pandemic, came to an end at the beginning of November.
The statement says that, therefore, all requirements for possession hearings should be dealt with as set out in the CPR and practice directions or in listing policies which are for Designated Civil Judges to consider “in light of local conditions”. This, therefore, should see an end to the Review Date process and a return to normal possession processes with a single fixed date hearing. At the same time (and once the interim period in the practice direction 55C expires on 30 November), hearings should be listed within 8 weeks of issue.
Whether this will actually happen or whether Designated Civil Judges will make local decisions, or other rules will come into effect remains to be seen.
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