What is a stay of proceedings in a UK claim for compensation?
A “stay of proceedings” simply means that court in a civil claim, such as a claim for compensation following an accident, has stopped the court timetable from progressing for a certain time frame.
A typical “stay of proceedings” might be a month – the reason a court would permit a stay might be to allow the Claimant and Defendant to attempt to negotiate a settlement of the claim.
In UK law – time is of the essence. It is therefore quite rare that the court with sanction any delay other than to allow the person at fault to discuss offering a sum to compensate the Claimant.
For other legal phrases explained in plain English – see the legal dictionary link at the top of this page.