What are practice directions?

The Civil Procedure Act 1997 is supplemented by practice directions.

Each area of civil claim procedure is governed by a part of Civil Procedure Rules (CPR) with almost every part being supplemented by one or more practice direction.

They are "directions as to the practice and procedure of any court" in England and Wales.

What do practice directions do?

Practice directions set out details of procedure that have not required amendments to the Civil Procedure rules (CPR). They allow for flexible amendment to procedure in the light of experience.

What is practice direction pre-action conduct?

This is the conduct the court expects of all parties prior to the start of proceedings.

The directions lay down guidance on Pre-Action Protocol (PAP) and the principles governing parties' behaviour in disputes.