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 Fridays from 7 October 2022
1 hour Fridays from 7 October 2022
1.5 to 2 hours Fridays from 7 October 2022
Half a day Fridays from 7 October 2022
1 day 28 and 30 November 2022
1, 5, 6 and 13 December 2022
Then from 17 January 2023
Over 1 day Weeks of 13 and 20 February 2023
Then from 15 May 2023

Availability for trials

Length of trial Availability
1 to 2 days Weeks of 13, 20 and 27 February 2023
Then from 6 June 2023
3 days Weeks of 13, 20 and 27 February 2023
Then from 6 June 2023
1 week Weeks of 13, 20 and 27 February 2023
Then from 6 June 2023
2 to 3 weeks From October 2023
4 weeks or more From October 2023
Published 12 August 2015
Last updated 23 June 2022 + show all updates
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