Hertfordshire Investments Ltd v Bubb and Another: CA 25 Jul 2000

When considering an application for a re-hearing of a County Court action in order to consider and admit new evidence, the county court and High Court practice is now the same and the judge should consider the list of questions in Ladd v Marshall, although the new procedural environment required that they be implemented less rigorously. The new evidence should not have been available at the time of the original trial, should be significant in its effect, and credible.
Hale LJ said: ‘The power to reopen a case after final judgment because of fresh evidence should be the same whatever the procedural route adopted. It would be most unjust if a party to county court proceedings could reopen matters when a party to High Court proceedings could not.’


Swinton Thomas LJ, Sedley LJ, Hale LJ


Times 31-Aug-2000, [2000] 1 WLR 2318, [2000] CPLR 588, [2001] CP Rep 38, [2000] EWCA Civ 3013




England and Wales


AppliedLadd v Marshall CA 29-Nov-1954
Conditions for new evidence on appeal
At the trial, the wife of the appellant’s opponent said she had forgotten certain events. After the trial she began divorce proceedings, and informed the appellant that she now remembered. He sought either to appeal admitting fresh evidence, or for . .

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Updated: 19 May 2022; Ref: scu.81341