Contributed By Signature Litigation LLP
The timeframe for the court to deal with any application will be determined by the quantity and complexity of the issues to be considered. Applications on paper, which are heard without a hearing, can generally be dealt with in a shorter period. Where the application requires a hearing, the court generally requires an estimate from the parties as to how much time will be needed.
Some courts, such as the Commercial Court, publish estimates of the waiting time for application and trial hearings by reference to the length of the hearings.
The process for listing urgent applications varies between the different courts (and the relevant court guide should be consulted); however, it is generally required that an applicant should certify that the application is urgent business and give reasons for this. Urgent applications are dealt with on an expedited basis and may even be heard during court vacations.