This page describes the pre-trial processes for civil cases begun by an originating claim (OC) and heard in General Division of the High Court.
Refer to Case conferences in the State Courts if your claim was started by an OC and heard before the State Courts.
To assist the parties in conceptualising the roadmap of their case, the parties will be required to complete a Pre-Case Conference Questionnaire (PCQ) (Form 6 of Appendix B of the Supreme Court Practice Directions 2021) before the first Registrar’s case conference (CC). The purpose of the template is to help the parties to focus on the key issues and identify the points of agreement. The registrar will discuss with the parties the issues raised in the PCQ and if necessary, the questionnaire can be updated for discussion at subsequent CCs. The PCQ will deal with matters such as:
The matters to be discussed at a CC are set out in the PCQ. Sample matters to be discussed may be selected from the PCQ.
In general, the court may consider the following at a CC:
You or your lawyer (if any) must attend the CC. If you filed the claim (the plaintiff) and you or your lawyer (if any) do not attend, the court may dismiss your claim or make any other order as the court thinks fit.
If you are represented by a lawyer, the CC should be attended by lead counsel or a lawyer who is familiar with the case and has sufficient authority to make decisions. Otherwise, the court may stand down or adjourn the CC until a lawyer who has sufficient knowledge and authority is present.
The CC is to be held:
A CC can be held earlier or later than the time stated above on the court’s own accord or at the request of a party.