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