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Scott Schedules

Scott Schedules in relation to the Technology and Construction Court

It can sometimes be appropriate for elements of the claim, or any additional (Part 20) claim, to be set out by way of a Scott Schedule (ie. by a table, often in landscape format, in which the Claimant’s case on liability and quantum is set out item by item in the first few columns and the Defendant’s response is set out in the adjacent columns). For example, claims involving a final account or numerous alleged defects or items of disrepair, may be best formulated in this way, which then allows for a detailed response from the defendant. Sometimes, even where all the damage has been caused by one event, such as a fire, it can be helpful for the individual items of loss and damage to be set out in a Scott Schedule. The secret of an effective Scott Schedule lies in the information that is to be provided and its brevity: excessive repetition is to be avoided. This is defined by the column headings. The judge may give directions for the relevant column headings for any Schedule ordered by the court. It is important that the defendant’s responses to any such Schedule are as detailed as possible. Each party’s entries on a Scott Schedule should be supported by a statement of truth. Nevertheless, before any order is made or agreement is reached for the preparation of a Scott Schedule, both the parties and the Technology and Construction Court should consider whether this course (a) will genuinely lead to a saving of cost and time or (b) will lead to a wastage of costs and effort (because the Scott Schedule will simply be duplicating earlier schedules, pleadings or expert reports). A Scott Schedule should only be ordered by the court, or agreed by the parties, in those cases where it is appropriate and proportionate. When a Scott Schedule is ordered by the Technology and Construction Court or agreed by the parties, the format must always be specified. The parties must co-operate in the physical task of preparation. Electronic transfer between the parties of their respective entries in the columns will enable a clear and user-friendly Scott Schedule to be prepared, for the benefit of all involved in the trial.

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