The Master of the Rolls and the Courts Minister have signed the PD Update.
The 134th PD Update – Practice Direction 51R, Online Civil Money Claims Pilot (OCMC) (PDF, opens in a new tab)is due to commence on 20 July 2021.
PD51R – OCMC Pilot – updates the PD to expressly provide for the following circumstances in relation to paper responses:
- where a defendant moves from being an online defendant to a paper defendant (or vice versa) the defendant should not be able to engineer a double time extension (one as an online defendant and one as a paper defendant) for submitting a response
- to clarify that even partial completion of a paper response form is sufficient to stop a default judgment being entered against the defendant
- where the defendant is capable of responding online, but the nature of their response is not catered for by the pilot, the defendant is required to use a mainstream CPR paper form, whereupon the matter is then sent out of OCMC to the County Court Business Centre.