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GENERAL POWERS OF CASE MANAGEMENT

Part 3 of the CPR contains a list of general powers of judicial case management. These powers, as with all the court’s powers under the rules, must be exercised in accordance with the overriding objective.7 This general list is expressly stated to be in addition to any powers given to the court by any other rule, practice direction, enactment or any other powers the court may have (r 3.1(1)). It should therefore be recognised that, although wide ranging, these powers are not the extent of the court’s judicial case management powers and r 3.1 expressly preserves the court’s inherent jurisdiction to protect its process from abuse.