Coulter v Chief Constable of Dorset Police: CA 13 Jul 2005

An appeal was made against an order refusing to set aside a second statutory demand. The demand was to enforce payment of an order for costs made in proceedings between the parties. The first statutory demand had been upheld, and the judge found that that this application was based on the grounds already rejected on the first demand.
Held: Circumstances had changed, and there was a possibility that the earlier costs order might be vacated. In such circumstances there was no point in the court deciding the issue presented to it. Earlier costs orders were set aside.
Waller, Chadwick, Carnwath LJJ
[2005] EWCA Civ 1113, [2005] 1 WLR 130
Bailii
England and Wales
Citing:
See AlsoCoulter v Chief Constable of Dorset Police ChD 12-Dec-2003
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See AlsoCoulter v Chief Constable of Dorset Police CA 8-Oct-2004
The appellant had failed in his action against the police and been ordered to pay the costs. A statutory demand was issued in the name of the respondent, but as the new chief constable had no deed of assignment, he was only equitable assignee.
CitedTurner v Royal Bank of Scotland CA 2000
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CitedAtherton v Ogunlende and Another CA 20-Nov-2001
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CitedBrillouet v Hachette Magazines Ltd 1996
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CitedBarnes v Whitehead ChD 2004
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CitedHenderson v Henderson 20-Jul-1843
Abuse of Process and Re-litigation
The court set down the principles to be applied in abuse of process cases, where a matter was raised again which should have been dealt with in earlier proceedings.
Sir James Wigram VC said: ‘In trying this question I believe I state the rule . .
CitedWest Bromwich Building Society v Crammer CA 2002
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CitedHeath v Tang, Stevens v Peacock CA 11-Aug-1993
The bankrupt applicants each applied to the Court of Appeal for leave to appeal against the judgment for a liquidated sum on which the bankruptcy petition had been based. In the first case, the trustee in bankruptcy indicated his unwillingness to . .

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