HC Deb 02 March 1971 vol 812 c386W
Mr. Maddan

asked the Attorney-General what arrangements exist for the hearing of urgent landlord and tenant cases during the long vacation; in how many cases advantage was taken of these arrangements in 1970; and if he will make a statement.

The Attorney-General

In the county courts, where most landlord and tenant cases are heard, the long vacation does not apply, but the sittings of the judges are normally suspended in August or September. During this time an additional court, presided over by a deputy judge if need be, can be arranged for urgent cases or such cases may be transferred to a neighbouring court where the judge is available. Some cases may, with leave of the judge, be heard by the registrar, where there is no defence, for example, or where the parties consent. Figures are not available of the urgent landlord and tenant cases heard in this way in 1970.

In the High Court urgent business may be dealt with by the vacation judge.