• PART 20 PART 20 — Miscellaneous Provisions Relating To Hearings

    • 173. Hearing to be in public

      (1) Save as provided by under section 98(2), (3) and (4) of the Regulations and the relevant practice directions, the general rule is that a hearing is to be held in public.
      (2) The decision as to whether to hold a hearing in private must be made by the Judge conducting the hearing having regard to any representations which may have been made to him.
      (3) The Court may order that the identity of any party or witness must not be disclosed if it considers non-disclosure necessary in order to protect the interests of that party or witness.

    • 174. Failure to attend the trial

      (1) The Court may proceed with a trial in the absence of a party, but
      (a) if no party attends the trial, it may strike out the whole of the proceedings;
      (b) if the claimant does not attend, it may strike out his claim and any defence to counterclaim; and
      (c) if the defendant does not attend, it may strike out his defence or counterclaim (or both).
      (2) Where the Court strikes out proceedings, or any part of them, under this Rule, it may subsequently restore the proceedings, or that part.
      (3) Where a party does not attend and the Court gives judgment or makes an order against him, the party who failed to attend may apply for the judgment or order to be set aside.
      Amended on June 1, 2017

    • 175. Representations at trial of companies or other corporations

      A company or other corporation may be represented at trial by an employee if the employee has been authorised by the company or corporation to appear at trial on its behalf and the Court gives permission.