Litig8: Solicitors’ obligations under the Civil Procedure Act

March, 2016

By Caroline Rolfe, Lawyer

Each month as a part of Mills Oakley’s Litig8, we bring to you snapshots of eight key cases, legislative changes or other legal events. The summaries are not comprehensive and do not constitute legal advice. You should seek professional advice before taking any action based on the content of this email.

Part 2 of the March edition of Litig8

Victoria’s Civil Procedure Act 2010 has become a very powerful tool which the Courts are using, on their own motion, against parties and their lawyers.

The purpose of the Civil Procedure Act 2010 is to ensure the prompt conduct of a proceeding.  Lawyers and their clients have overarching obligations under the Act which include obligations to only pursue claims and defences which have a proper basis, to disclose documents which are critical to the dispute as early as possible and to minimise delay.

Examples of the Court taking action in ensuring compliance with the Act include:

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