The amendments revise the pre-action protocol for business-to-business debt claims. With effect from 20 April 2020, the State Courts Practice Directions will be amended —
Pursuant to the amended Practice Direction 144(2) the amended Protocol will apply to actions that are commenced in the State Courts from 4 May 2020 onwards. The previous Protocol shall continue to apply for actions commenced prior to 4 May 2020.
The Protocol will be reviewed in November 2020. A Registrar’s Circular or another amendment to the State Courts Practice Directions may be issued after the review if any further amendments to the Protocol are required.