Litigation Brief – An Overview of CPR Part 23: General Rules About Applications for Court Orders

July 7, 2024

By: tme

Ai Law Legal Services

Civil Procedure Rules (CPR) Part 23 covers the general rules and procedures for making applications to the court for orders during civil litigation in the UK. These applications can be a crucial part of managing a case effectively, as they can address procedural issues, seek interim relief, or request specific actions from the court.

Key Provisions of CPR Part 23

  1. Types of Applications
    • Interim Applications: These are applications made before the final hearing of the case. Examples include applications for interim payments, injunctions, or case management directions.
    • Without Notice Applications: In some circumstances, applications can be made without giving notice to the other party. This is typically in urgent situations where notifying the other party might defeat the purpose of the application (CPR 23.4).
  2. Form and Content of Applications
    • Application Notice: An application to the court must be made using an application notice (Form N244). This notice must state what order the applicant is seeking and the reasons for the application (CPR 23.6).
    • Supporting Evidence: Applications must be supported by evidence, which can be in the form of a witness statement, affidavit, or other relevant documents. This evidence should substantiate the reasons for the application (CPR 23.7).
  3. Service of Application Notice
    • Service Requirements: The application notice and supporting evidence must be served on all parties involved in the case unless the application is made without notice. This ensures that all parties have the opportunity to respond (CPR 23.4).
    • Timeframe for Service: The notice should be served as soon as practicable and, in any event, at least 3 days before the court hearing, unless the court directs otherwise (CPR 23.7).
  4. Court Hearings for Applications
    • Oral Hearings: Most applications are dealt with at oral hearings where the parties can present their arguments. However, some applications can be decided on paper without a hearing if the court deems it appropriate (CPR 23.8).
    • Directions for Hearings: The court may give directions for the management of the application, including setting a timetable for the exchange of evidence and submissions (CPR 23.10).
  5. Costs of Applications
    • Costs Orders: The court has discretion to make costs orders in relation to applications. This can include ordering one party to pay the costs of the application or reserving the costs to be decided at a later stage (CPR 23.11).

Importance of CPR Part 23

CPR Part 23 is vital for the effective management of civil litigation. It provides a structured process for parties to seek interim orders and address procedural issues, helping to ensure that cases proceed smoothly and efficiently. By outlining clear rules for making applications, Part 23 promotes fairness and transparency in the litigation process.

Encouraging Settlement

While CPR Part 23 primarily deals with procedural aspects of litigation, it also plays a role in encouraging settlement. By allowing parties to address issues promptly and seek interim relief, the rules can facilitate negotiations and potentially lead to early resolution of disputes without the need for a full trial.


CPR Part 23 sets out essential rules for making applications during civil litigation, ensuring that the process is fair, transparent, and efficient.

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