Court Issues Timetable

Both sides are obliged to submit a suggested timetable (known as “directions”) to the court about how a case will progress, with a view to proceeding to a final hearing.  These directions should ideally be agreed upon between both sides prior to their submission to the court, however, this is not always possible and conflicting directions are sometimes submitted. If there is a disagreement between the parties about what directions are likely to be needed, the court may require a brief hearing which your lawyer will attend.

Regardless of whether or not both sides agree upon the directions prior to their submission to court, it will be up to the judge appointed to your case to determine what directions will apply.  The judge may even choose to issue a set of directions that combines proposals from both sides.

Directions will include provisions for both sides to disclose relevant documentation to each other, exchange witness statements and medical reports, pre-trial check lists and dates for a final hearing. Your lawyer will advise you on the directions given on your case, how these will be followed, and what you need to do.  It is vital that you follow any directions given on your case, as if you don’t, it can significantly impact your case.

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Joint Settlement Meeting

In some circumstances we may need to hold a joint settlement meeting to reach a final settlement on your case.

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Complying with Timetable

Once court proceedings have started, a case can have one or more case management conferences at any point before it reaches trial.  

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Court Issues Timetable

Claimants and defendants are both required to directions to the court about how the case will progress.

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Issue Court Proceedings

Usually, your lawyer will advise that it is appropriate to issue court proceedings on your case if it has reached an impasse or because your claim needs to be protected.  

 

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Case Concluded

Your case will conclude with the presiding judge making a decision on whether your claim has been successful or not.

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Negotiation

Negotiation of your case, based on the evidence presented from both sides.

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Check Evidence

Your lawyer will check received evidence for accuracy and legitimacy.

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Seek Evidence

Gathering of evidence is essential whether or not the defendant denies responsibility or not.

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Liability Denied

Denial of liabilty means the most likely next steps include gathering supporting evidence to present to the defendant.

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Liability Accepted

If the insurer accepts liability, the case can proceed to a monetary settlement.

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Contact Made With Other Party or Their Insurers

This stage confirms in writing the case, injuries and financial losses you have suffered.

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Case Taken On

This stage will encompass your initial discussions with JMW about your case, and assessing your suitability to claim.

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Court Hearing

At this point we prepare all evidence for your court hearing.

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Case Settled

At this point you could choose to accept the defendants offer or not.

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