Power to make orders and give directions for the just, expeditious and economical disposal of proceedings (O. 34A, r. 1)
—(1) Notwithstanding anything in these Rules, the Court may, at any time after the commencement of any proceedings, of its own motion direct any party or parties to those proceedings to appear before it, in order that the Court may make such order or give such direction as it thinks fit, for the just, expeditious and economical disposal of the cause or matter.
(1A) Where the Court makes orders or gives directions under paragraph (1), it may take into account whether or not a party has complied with any relevant pre-action protocol or practice direction for the time being issued by the Registrar.
(2) Where any party fails to comply with any order made or direction given by the Court under paragraph (1), the Court may dismiss the action, strike out the defence or counterclaim or make such other order as it thinks fit.
(3) The Court may, in exercising its powers under paragraph (1), make such order as to costs as it thinks fit.
(4) Any judgment, order or direction given or made against any party who does not appear before the Court when directed to do so under paragraph (1) may be set aside or varied by the Court on such terms as it thinks just.
—(1) Without prejudice to Rule 1, at any time before any action or proceedings are tried, the Court may direct parties to attend a pre-trial conference relating to the matters arising in the action or proceedings.
(2) At the pre-trial conference, the Court may consider any matter including the possibility of settlement of all or any of the issues in the action or proceedings and require the parties to furnish the Court with any such information as it thinks fit, and may also give all such directions as appear to be necessary or desirable for securing the just, expeditious and economical disposal of the action or proceedings.
(3) The Court, having made directions under Rule 2(2) or Rule 3 may either on its own motion or upon the application of any party, if any party defaults in complying with any such directions, dismiss such action or proceedings or strike out the defence or counterclaim or enter judgment or make such order as it thinks fit.
(4) Any judgment or order made under Rule 2(3) may be set aside by the Court, on the application of the party, on such terms, if any, as it thinks just.
(5) [Deleted by S 283/97]
(6) At any time during the pre-trial conference where the parties are agreeable to a settlement of some or all of the matters in dispute in the action or proceedings, the Court may enter judgment in the action or proceedings or make such order to give effect to the settlement.
3. All parties shall be informed of the date and time appointed for the holding of the pre-trial conference by way of a notice in accordance with Form 64, and each party shall comply with any directions contained in such notice.
Attendance at pre-trial conferences by solicitor or in person as directed by the Court (O. 34A, r. 4)
4. Parties to the action or proceedings may be represented at the pre-trial conference by their solicitor, if any, but may, if they so desire, with the leave of the Court, attend the pre-trial conference personally, at the time originally appointed or as adjourned, in addition to their solicitor.
5. A pre-trial conference may be adjourned from time to time, either generally or to a particular date, as may be appropriate.
—(1) If, at the time appointed for the pre-trial conference, one or more of the parties fails to attend, the Court may dismiss the action or proceedings or strike out the defence or counterclaim or enter judgment or make such other order as the Court thinks fit.
(2) An order made by the Court in the absence of a party concerned or affected by the order may be set aside by the Court, on the application of that party, on such terms as it thinks just.
(3) Without prejudice to the preceding paragraphs of this Rule, where one or more of the parties to the action or proceedings fails to attend the pre-trial conference, the Court may, if it thinks fit, adjourn the conference.