Guidance

Commercial Court hearing and trial dates

The earliest available dates (lead times) for hearings and trials at the Commercial Court, based on how long they are expected to last.

The Commercial Court handles the most difficult and high value business disputes.

Smaller and less complex cases are handled by the Circuit Commercial Court which has its own lead times.

The lead times show how long the current wait for a hearing or trial is, based on how long they are expected to last.

Lead times for hearings and trials at the Commercial Court

Availability for applications and case management conferences

Length of hearing Availability
30 minutes 21 and 28 October 2022
4 November 2022
2, 9 and 16 December 2022
Then Fridays from 13 January 2023
1 hour 21 and 28 October 2022
4 November 2022
2, 9 and 16 December 2022
Then Fridays from 13 January 2023
1.5 to 2 hours 4 November 2022
2 and 16 December 2022
Then Fridays from 13 January 2023
Half a day 4 November 2022
2 and 16 December 2022
Then Fridays from 13 January 2023
1 day 19 January 2023
14 and 16 February 2023
9, 23, 27 and 28 March 2023
Then from April 2023
Over 1 day From October 2023

Availability for trials

Length of trial Availability
1 to 2 days From October 2023
3 days From October 2023
1 week Week of 30 October 2023
Then from 4 December 2023
2 to 3 weeks From January 2024
4 weeks or more From January 2024
Published 12 August 2015
Last updated 29 September 2022 + show all updates
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