Stay of Proceedings

A stay of proceedings is an order made by a court which temporarily stops or suspends legal proceedings. This means that the case is put on hold and no further action can be taken until the stay is lifted.

When making a personal injury claim, as a claimant, this may be relevant to you if you are involved in legal proceedings and you believe it would be more appropriate for the case to be dealt with in a different way, or by a different court.

If you are involved in a civil case and you believe that there is a related criminal case that should be dealt with first, you may apply for a stay of proceedings in the civil case.

A stay of proceedings is not a permanent cessation of proceedings, it is a temporary measure and the case will proceed once the stay is lifted.

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