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Baird v Thurrock Borough Council, Court of Appeal on 7th Nov 2005, PI case sent back to County Court for retrial - new on BAILII website 22/12/05

The Court of Appeal ruled that a small (£10K) personal injury claim, with its huge attending costs, must go back to the County Court for retrial by a different judge unless it can be settled by ADR. The judge in the Southend County Court had taken too literally advice from the Court of Appeal "that a judgment should be as short as possible" - the reasons he gave for his decision had failed to meet the test of adequacy.

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