Protection of Public Health
Arkin v Marshall  EWCA Civ 620
One of the main reasons for many of the changes that interrupted the usual pattern of life was the need to protect the health
of the public. The Coronavirus Act 2020 provides the powers required for the appropriate bodies to introduce provisions for
that purpose. A question recently arose as to whether CPR PD 51Z had been properly authorised by CPR r51.2 as a pilot scheme
to impose an automatic 90-day stay of proceedings as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, whether or not it was inconsistent
with the Coronavirus Act 2020 or the principle of access to justice under art 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights
(ECHR). The Court of Appeal held that although in principle the court had jurisdiction to lift a stay imposed under PD 51Z,
it was difficult to envisage a case in which it would do so in view of the need to relieve the burden on court staff and protect
public health during the Covid-19 pandemic.
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