Civil litigation in the Isle of Man in the 21st century
The Rules of the High Court 2009 brought in a new regime for the conduct of Civil Litigation on the Isle of Man. At the time, His Honour Deemster Doyle, sent out a clear message in his Judgment in Howell v DHSS ORD 09/24 6 October 2009 what the Judiciary expected:
Parties to legal proceedings and their advisers will have to wake up to the new reality of civil litigation in the 21st century. More and more, courts will engage in active and robust case management. Litigants and Advocates need to be aware that under the 2009 Rules there is a new culture to civil litigation in this country and they need to deal with cases more expeditiously and more efficiently than in the past.
The full effects of a failure by the Claimant and his advisors to take heed of this warning were felt in the recent case of O’Brien v Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement Limited and Futuresonic Cleaning Limited SUM 13/130 1 July 2014.
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