The Civil Procedure Rules 2016 removed the automatic right to a renewed oral application for permission to appeal to the Court of Appeal. The change was primarily aimed at reducing the court’s growing workload and was not without criticism from commentators concerned that it would operate as a constraint on access to justice. This case considers the balance between ensuring access to justice in light of the restriction on the right to an oral hearing. It was determined that such a restriction, which was subject to a number of safeguards contained both within the justice system and the Civil Procedure Rules, did not lead to a breach of Article 6 of European Convention on Human Rights, nor a breach of the common law right of access to justice.
First published by LexisNexis on 12 April 2019