The Court issued two new Practice Directions in 2019.
Practice Direction 1 of 2019
(a) Practice Direction 1 of 2019 concerns matters relating to the filing of witness statements and the attendance of witnesses before the Court. The thrust of the Practice Direction is that where a witness statement is filed in accordance with the Regulations and Procedural Rules of the Court and is not challenged by an opposing party, the Court will usually direct that the witness is not required to attend Court and the evidence contained within the witness statement will usually be accepted as true.
Practice Direction 2 of 2019
(b) Practice Direction 2 of 2019 concerns summary judgment. In accordance with Article 22.6 of the Regulations and Procedural Rules of the Court, the Court may grant summary judgment on a claim or defence or on any issue where it considers that justice so requires. The Practice Direction sets out the procedure to be followed in relation to summary judgment applications as well as a more detailed explanation of the test the Court will apply when considering such applications.