Last Thursday, the Supreme Court announced a number of changes to its Practice Directions. Some are minor corrections, but several of the more substantive amendments are in response to suggestions put forward by the Supreme Court User Group.

The main changes include:

– amendments designed to improve the legibility and presentation of documents put before the court, in particular hearing bundles and volumes of authorities;

– new provisions (closely modelled on the Civil Procedure Rules used in the High Court and Court of Appeal) setting set out the appropriate procedure where a solicitor or agent has ceased to act for a party; and

– provided counsel for all the parties agree, they can make a request to the registrar to dispense with part or all of court dress.  The court will usually agree to the request.

See the Supreme Court website here for further detail on these changes.