Source: All England Reporter
Publisher Citation: [2002] All ER (D) 70 (Sep)
Neutral Citation: [2002] EWHC 1885 (QB)
Court: Queen's Bench Division

Gray J

Representation Richard Wilmot-Smith QC, James Price QC and Jonathan Barnes (instructed by Schillings) for the claimants.
  Stephen Furst QC, Andrew Caldecott QC and Marc Rowlands (instructed by Olswangs) for the defendant.
Judgment Dates: 13 September 2002


Practice - Trial - Trial by jury - Libel - Trial of action requiring prolonged examination of documents - Whether trial should be by judge and jury or by judge alone - s 69.

The Case

In a case which the judge had previously ruled could conveniently be heard by a judge sitting with a jury, the court ruled that in light of developments which had taken place since that ruling, the case was one which could no longer be heard conveniently with a jury, and ordered accordingly that it was to be tried by a judge sitting alone.

Practice Areas

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