On 29 April 2024 two new practice directions came into force:

  1. Practice Direction 12 on Default Judgments, No. 1 of 2024, clarifies the use of civil procedure rules 12.4 and 15.2 relating to the power of the Court to enter a default judgment for the failure to file an acknowledgement of service and for the failure to file a defence if certain conditions are satisfied.
  2. Practice Direction 62D on Skeleton Arguments, No. 2 of 2024, clarifies the use of civil procedure rule 62.14 regarding skeleton arguments.

With the recently adopted Practice Direction 8 on Pre-Action Protocols, Practice Direction 17 on the Procedure for Applying for an Interim Order and Practice Direction 26 on Civil Restraint Orders, a total of five practice directions have now been adopted this year to supplement the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court Civil Procedure Rules [Revised Edition] 2023.

The above summary will be supplemented shortly by an article discussing the “ins” and “outs” of the newly adopted practice directions. For more information in the meantime, please reach out to one of the individuals below or your usual contact at Conyers.


Mark J. Forte

Partner, Head of BVI Litigation & Restructuring and Office

British Virgin Islands

Matthew Brown


British Virgin Islands

Marie Stewart


British Virgin Islands

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