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What is a certificate of urgency?

We have a fast track trial in June. The claimant ignored directions and we have made an application for Part 18 replies and some disclosure (without the disclosure we cannot get medical reports).

A colleague went to court so that that application could be put before a District Judge as soon as possible. We were told that if it was urgent we needed a 'Certificate of Urgency'. I have never heard of such a certificate.

The application has now been listed for end of July 2012 (after the trial window). All the directions will be out of kilter and we will not have any expert evidence. We have again been asked in writing for a 'Certificate of Urgency'. Can you enlighten me as to what one is and point me towards the relevant CPR and even a form if there is one?

Anonymous (Private practice)

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