COVID-19 – trespasser possession and injunction proceedings – Application of the new Civil Procedure Rule Practice Direction 51Z

The back drop to this case is that the new Practice Direction CPR 51Z effectively stays possession proceedings and enforcement issued pursuant to CPR 55 for 90 days from March 2020.

It does not need to be reiterated that hospital beds are now a scarce resource and in the recent case of University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust v MB[2020] EWHC 882 (QB) a patient was thought to be “bed-blocking” – a serious issue amidst a pandemic when the NHS is under stress…

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