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George Allert (Administrator of the Estate of George Gordon Matheson, deceased) et al -v- Joshua Matheson GDAHCVAP 2014/0007

November 2014 Procedure

BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS

COURT OF APPEAL

CIVIL APPEAL - INTERLOCUTORY APPEAL AGAINST JUDGE’S CASE MANAGEMENT DISCRETION - AMENDMENT TO STATEMENT OF CASE AFTER THE FIRST DATE FIXED FOR THE CASE MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE WITHOUT LEAVE OF THE COURT - WHETHER THE LEARNED JUDGE ERRED IN THE EXERCISE OF THE CASE MANAGEMENT DISCRETION IN REFUSING TO STRIKE OUT AN AMENDED DEFENCE AND COUNTERCLAIM - RULES 20.1 AND 20.2 OF THE CIVIL PROCEDURE, 2000

This was an appeal against the decision of the Judge of first instance refusing to strike out an amendment to a defence and counterclaim, which had been made without the requisite permission. The Eastern Caribbean Court of Appeal dismissed the Appeal and identified several factors to be considered when deciding whether to exercise its discretion to amend a statement of case. These factors included the justice to the parties, the legitimate expectation that the basis of a claim will not be fundamentally changed at the last minute, the adverse effect on other litigants of lost judicial time, the stage reached in the proceedings, whether the other side can be adequately compensated in costs, and whether the amendment will serve any useful purpose. In addition, the Court should continue to be guided by the principle that amendments to a statement of case should be allowed where such amendments are necessary to ensure that the real issues which are in dispute between the parties are determined, provided that such amendments can be made without there being injustice to the other party and that the other party can be compensated in costs.

 

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George Allert (Administrator of the Estate of George Gordon Matheson, deceased) et al -v- Joshua Matheson GDAHCVAP 2014/0007

 

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Offshore Cases

George Allert (Administrator of the Estate of George Gordon Matheson, deceased) et al -v- Joshua Matheson GDAHCVAP 2014/0007

19 November 2014

BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS

COURT OF APPEAL

CIVIL APPEAL - INTERLOCUTORY APPEAL AGAINST JUDGE’S CASE MANAGEMENT DISCRETION - AMENDMENT TO STATEMENT OF CASE AFTER THE FIRST DATE FIXED FOR THE CASE MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE WITHOUT LEAVE OF THE COURT - WHETHER THE LEARNED JUDGE ERRED IN THE EXERCISE OF THE CASE MANAGEMENT DISCRETION IN REFUSING TO STRIKE OUT AN AMENDED DEFENCE AND COUNTERCLAIM - RULES 20.1 AND 20.2 OF THE CIVIL PROCEDURE, 2000

This was an appeal against the decision of the Judge of first instance refusing to strike out an amendment to a defence and counterclaim, which had been made without the requisite permission. The Eastern Caribbean Court of Appeal dismissed the Appeal and identified several factors to be considered when deciding whether to exercise its discretion to amend a statement of case. These factors included the justice to the parties, the legitimate expectation that the basis of a claim will not be fundamentally changed at the last minute, the adverse effect on other litigants of lost judicial time, the stage reached in the proceedings, whether the other side can be adequately compensated in costs, and whether the amendment will serve any useful purpose. In addition, the Court should continue to be guided by the principle that amendments to a statement of case should be allowed where such amendments are necessary to ensure that the real issues which are in dispute between the parties are determined, provided that such amendments can be made without there being injustice to the other party and that the other party can be compensated in costs.

 

To continue reading full articles in PDF format:
George Allert (Administrator of the Estate of George Gordon Matheson, deceased) et al -v- Joshua Matheson GDAHCVAP 2014/0007

 

 

EDITOR & HEAD OF LITIGATION BERMUDA

Christian R. Luthi
Tel.: +1 441 298 7814
Email.: christian.luthi@conyersdill.com


Head of Litigation British virgin islands

Mark J. Forte
Tel.: +1 284 852 1113
Email.: mark.forte@conyersdill.com


Head of Litigation Cayman Islands

Paul Smith
Tel.: +1 345 814 7777
Email.: paul.smith@conyersdill.com


HEAD OF THE ASIA DISPUTES & RESTRUCTURING GROUP

Nigel K. Meeson, Q.C.
Tel.: +852 2842 9553
Email.: nigel.meeson@conyersdill.com