Solanki v Intercity Telecom Ltd (Formerly Intercity Telecom Ltd) and another

Practice – Adjournment of proceedings. The appellant successfully appealed against, among other things, a decision of the court not to adjourn his case, after he had made applications on the basis that his mental health prevented him from appearing in the claim. The Court of Appeal, Civil Division, held that not to have allowed the application had amounted to a denial of justice. The appellant's rights under art 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights, and the irreversible prejudice occasioned to him as a result of the refusal of an adjournment, had clearly outweighed the costs and unavoidable inconvenience to the respondents that would have been occasioned by a short adjournment.

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