The overriding objective
2.1 This Practice Direction has the overriding objective of enabling the court to deal with cases justly, having regard to the welfare issues involved. Dealing with a case justly includes, so far as is practicable—
(1) ensuring that it is dealt with expeditiously and fairly;
(2) dealing with the case in ways which are proportionate to the nature, importance and complexity of the issues;
(3) ensuring that the parties are on an equal footing;
(4) saving expense; and
(5) allotting to it an appropriate share of the court’s resources, while taking into account the need to allot resources to other cases.
Application by the court of the overriding objective
2.2 The court must seek to give effect to the overriding objective when it—
(1) exercises the case management powers referred to in this Practice Direction; or
(2) interprets any provision of this Practice Direction.
Duty of the parties
2.3 The parties are required to help the court further the overriding objective.