Queen's Bench judges listing office
Our office opening hours are from 10.00am to 4.30pm and telephones are manned from 9.00am to 5.00pm.
We are based in the West Green Building of the Royal Courts of Justice in Room WG 08.
Contact Telephone Number: 0207 947 6010 / 6021
Contact Fax No: 0207 947 6724
What we do
The QB Judge's listing Office is responsible for:
- Issue of all processes before a High Court Judge
- Setting cases down for trial
- Listing trials before Judges
- Listing Application Notices before Judges
- Assigning work to the Interim Applications Judge
- Appeals before a single High Court Judge of the Queens Bench Division from the lower court
Obtaining a trial date
Once you have received an order from a Master assigning your case a trial window, you should send a copy of that order to our office. We will accept copies by post or fax.
Once the order has been received, we will assign the case a listing number and inform all parties of an appointment to fix the trial date. At that appointment, counsel's clerks from all sides will attend this office and the trial will be listed in the window assigned by the Master.
If you are unable to attend the appointment, please send to this office your dates of availability within the trial window and we will fix a date in your absence.
Once the trial has been listed, we will send written confirmation of the date to all sides.
The Listing fee
The trial fee (£1090) is required from the claimant's solicitors when the pre-trial checklists are returned. The fee for Lodging the Pre Trial Checklist is £110, which is non-refundable in the event of a trial settling before being heard in court. Cheques should be made payable to HM Courts & Tribunals Service.
The Pre Trial Checklist
Pre trial checklists are sent out by this office to all parties approximately 10 weeks before the trial date. A letter enclosed will inform the party of the date when the checklist should be returned.
For further information about the Pre Trial Checklist (of Listing Questionnaire), please refer to CPR Part 29.
Our Daily List is normally compiled between 2pm and 3pm each day. The list will normally appear on our website between these times. Alternatively you can contact our office for the information.
Pre Trial Reviews
Should the parties require a pre trial review, counsel's clerks from both sides should contact this office with dates of availability and a date will be arranged. If a party wishes to apply for a pre trial review and the other party does not consent, an application notice must be issued.
When the trial date has been arranged, the case will normally be placed in a five-day window. This office will aim to list the trial on the first day of the window, however if this cannot be done, this office will aim to list the case on the second day of the window. This office has a maximum of 5 days to list the case (for example if the trial period commences on a Monday, this office has until the Friday to list the case). It should be pointed out however that the vast majority of trials commence on the first or second day of the window.
There are occasions where this office will give a trial period of three days. These are normally reserved for trials with short time estimates.
This office issues and lists the following applications:
- Applications for injunctive relief
- Applications to vary or discharge a Judges order
- Applications to Commit
- Applications referred by the Master to the Judge in Charge of the List (or Interim Applications Judge)
- Statements in open court
- Applications to adjourn trial dates
Issuing an application
The fee for an application is £45 if you are applying without giving notice to any other party and £80 if you are applying with notice.
The application notice form N244 must be completed and four copies should be sent to this office. This office will retain two copies (one with the fee endorsed) and will send back the two remaining copies (one for the issuing party and one for service). Additional copies will be sealed if requested.
Application notices are normally listed with a time estimate of no longer than one hour, however additional time will be given if both parties consent to a longer hearing and the court is able to accommodate this.
Defamation application notices
Any application notice which requires a defamation judge will normally be placed in the Warned List. The parties involved will normally be given at least two weeks notice before the application enters that list and arrangements should be made with this office to fix an appropriate date.
- the issue of appeals in fast track claims.
- appeals in Part 8 claims, and appeals in case management decisions in multi-track claims.
Appeals lodged in the High Court Appeals Office are heard before a single High Court Judge of the Queens Bench Division. An Appeal / Permission to Appeal application should be made using Form N161. The fee payable to issue an Appeal / Permission to Appeal application is £235.00. The appeals procedure is governed by Practice Direction of CPR Part 52.
The High Court Appeals Office has jurisdiction for the following appeals:
- An appeal against the decision of a Queens Bench Master of the High Court
- An appeal against the decision of a Circuit Judge in the South Eastern Region, providing that this decision is not already the subject of an appeal from a District Judge.
- Appeals against the decision of a Costs Master at the Senior Court Costs Office (this is dependent on the level of the presiding Costs Master, i.e. if the Costs Master was sitting in the capacity of a District Judge when the decision was made, the appeal will lie to a Circuit Judge).
- An appeal against the decision of a District Judge made at a District Registry in the South Eastern Region.
Application Notices (Form N244) are also issued in connection with any existing appeal that has been previously filed.
The fee payable for this type of application is:
- £80.00 with notice
- £45.00 without notice