The court has a duty to actively manage cases pursuant to rule 25(rule of civil procedure 2000)…..
what is the overriding objective of managing cases?
* (1) These Rules are a new procedural code with the overriding objective of enabling the court to deal with cases justly. * (2) Dealing with a case justly includes, so far as is practicable – * (a) ensuring that the parties are on an equal footing;
* (b) saving expense;
* (c) dealing with the case in ways which are proportionate – * (i) to the amount of money involved;
* (ii) to the importance of the case;
* (iii) to the complexity of the issues; and
* (iv) to the financial position of each party;
* (d) ensuring that it is dealt with expeditiously and fairly; and * (e) allotting to it an appropriate share of the court’s resources, while taking into account the need to allot resources to other cases.
Application by the court of the overriding objective
The court must seek to give effect to the overriding objective when it – (a) exercises any power given to it by the Rules; or
(b) interprets any rule subject to rules 76.2, 79.2 and 80.2. Duty of the parties
The parties are required to help the court to further the overriding objective. Court’s duty to manage cases
(1) The court must further the overriding objective by actively managing cases. (2) Active case management includes –
(a) encouraging the parties to co-operate with each other in the conduct of the proceedings; (b) identifying the issues at an early stage;
(c) deciding promptly which issues need full investigation and trial and accordingly disposing summarily of the others; (d) deciding the order in which issues are to be resolved;
(e) encouraging the parties to use an alternative dispute resolution(GL)procedure if the court considers that appropriate and facilitating the use of such procedure; (f) helping the parties to settle the whole or part of the case;...