Members are asked to note the following, which was confirmed at the recent Manchester Chancery Court Users' Committee meeting:
‘The guidelines which exist in relation to the transfer of cases to a Chancery County court have in part been superseded by subsequent directions applicable on the Northern Circuit. For that reason the practice direction is not wholly appropriate as a mechanism for identifying cases, which should be started and marked "Chancery Business". However, the categories of business identified in the practice direction as being appropriate for transfer into a Chancery County court as defined will by definition be business that ought to be marked "Chancery Business".
Set out below is the list of the business identified within the practice direction. The business identified Part A will almost always be business which should be marked "Chancery Business" if commenced in the County Court. There is no compulsion to commence such cases in the county court if the High Court would be the more appropriate forum. The business listed in part B of the list is business that it will be almost always inappropriate to list as Chancery Business.
Any "Chancery Business" cases started in the Manchester County Court or the Liverpool County Court marked "Chancery Business" will be managed in the first instance by one of the Chancery District Judges resident at that Court. Any such cases started at Chester or Preston will be similarly managed by the nominated Chancery District Judges. Any such cases started at any other County Court on Circuit will be transferred from the County Court centre concerned to one of Manchester, Liverpool, Chester or Preston County Courts. The specialist or nominated District Judges will consider at appropriate stages during the management of the case whether the case concerned is appropriate for trial by a specialist Chancery District Judge. If the view is formed that the case can and ought to be tried by a Chancery District Judge then the Chancery District Judge will seek release of the case for trial by a District Judge from one of the Specialist Chancery Senior Circuit Judges. On no account are orders to be made requiring the trial of such cases by specialist Circuit Judges other than by one of the specialist or nominated Chancery District Judges.’
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