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.