To prepare for the first directions hearing and to enable the Court to make appropriate directions at the first directions hearing, the parties need to take certain steps before the first directions hearing, as follows.
The respondents are to file with the Court and serve on the applicant and each other, a response to the summons stating whether the respondent opposes the relief sought by the applicant and, if so, on what grounds. The response to the summons is to be filed within 21 days of being served with the summons.
In judicial review proceedings, the applicant may, within 14 days of filing the summons or at a later time directed by the court, request the public authority to provide to the applicant:
The public authority in judicial review proceedings is to comply, within 14 days, with an applicant’s request for documents. If reasons are not provided following a request for them, the applicant may apply at the first directions hearing for an order that they be provided.
The parties are to discuss and endeavour to agree on the directions which the Court should make at the first directions hearing. These directions should be based on the usual directions at first directions hearing in
Schedule A to the
Practice Note. If the parties do not agree, each party should prepare their own versions of the directions they propose.