The automatic directions timetable ceases to run on the stay of proceedings; a date was needed. Automatic directions were ousted if an order was made staying the action, even if it was likely that the stay would only be a temporary one. The rationale underlying the ouster of automatic directions was that the stay of an action, pending the examination of the plaintiff by a psychiatrist, was inconsistent with the continuance of automatic directions.
Times 17-Mar-1997,  EWCA Civ 976
County Court Rules 1981 17.2 17.11
England and Wales
See Also – Whitehead v Avon County Council (1) CA 3-May-1995
A personal injury claimant may not insist on a friend’s presence at an examination by the doctor instructed by defendants. . .
Cited – Cockeril v Tambrands Limited CA 21-May-1998
Even if a case is quite unsuitable for automatic directions, the plaintiff has an obligation to apply instead for specific manual directions to stand in their stead. It would be wrong to allow a plaintiff to escape from the discipline of the . .
These lists may be incomplete.
Updated: 20 April 2021; Ref: scu.141372