Infantino v MacLean

JurisdictionEngland & Wales
CourtQueen's Bench Division
Judgment Date14 June 2001
Date14 June 2001

Queen's Bench Division

Before Mr Justice Douglas Brown.


Practice - time for service of claim form having elapsed - court could in unusual circumstances dispense with service

Court can dispense with service

Where the time for service of a claim form had elapsed and an extension order could not be granted under rule 7.6 of the Civil Procedure Rules, the court could in appropriate circumstances make an order dispensing with service under rule 6.9.

Mr Justice Douglas Brown so held in the Queen's Bench Division when allowing the defendant's appeal against the decision by District Judge Horan at Stockport County Court on February 14, 2001 extending time for the claimant, Constantina Infantino, for service of a claim form and particulars of claim to the date when it was received by the defendant consultant gynaecological oncologist, Professor Allan Maclean, in respect of an action arising from his alleged negligent treatment of her cancerous tumour.

Mr Jonathan Glasson for Mrs Infantino; Mr John Whitting for the defendant.

MR JUSTICE DOUGLAS BROWN said that due to administrative error the claim form and particulars of claim were sent to the wrong document exchange address, and as a result the date of deemed service was a day later than required by rule 7.5.

Without prejudice to his contention that the claim should be struck out, the defendant served his defence in which he admitted breach of duty of care but not causation.

The claimant could not be said to have taken all reasonable steps to serve the form and so could not satisfy the requirements of rule 7.6 which permitted an order for extending time for service.

Where those requirements were not met, a party could not seek relief by virtue of rule 3.9 of the Civil Procedure Rules, which provided that the court could consider applications for relief from sanctions imposed for failure to comply with...

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