Litigants Beware! Preeminent Court’s Stark Reminder That Pleadings Are Central To Litigation.

In an ongoing choice (Zografos and others v. Drosoneri Farm Ltd – Civil Appeal 379/2012), the Supreme Court decided that, while analyzing a case, a Court can’t see autonomous issues that host not been remembered for the gatherings’ pleadings – a distinct suggestion to Litigants (and their lawyers) of the significant job of pleadings in Litigation.

The realities of the case

An arbitrator in a dispute made an honor for one of the two gatherings. The other party applied to the Court to put aside the honor based on supposed wrongdoing by the arbitrator, in spite of segment 20 (2) of the Arbitration Law, Cap.4.

A beginning brings upheld by sworn statements was recorded, without anyway this procedural issue being analyzed by the Court. Despite what might be expected, it was commonly acknowledged by the gatherings that the substance of the oaths had a similar job and criticalness as pleadings in a common activity, subsequently constraining the issues in issue to the real substance of the sworn statements.

The Court of first occasion put aside the referees’ honor based on an issue that was raised during the procedures, to be specific the way that one of the authorities went to a gathering with a chief of one of the litigants where he was solicited to decide in favor from that party. The arbitrator promptly cannot and finished the gathering. This issue was not set out in any of the gatherings’ pleadings.

The intrigue under the watchful eye of the Supreme Court was made on two grounds: first, that the Court from the outset example had analyzed an incidental issue, (for example an issue that was not asserted in the pleadings) and, second, that the authority’s lead was in penetrate of the obligations set out in the important enactment.

The Supreme Court’s Decision

The Supreme Court depended on the main ground and chose to permit the intrigue, on the premise that the issue raised was past the cutoff points set by the system set out in the gatherings’ pleadings. At the end of the day, the Court of first occasion acted unjustifiably in saving the referees’ honor for reasons that were not referenced in and were autonomous of the gatherings’ pleadings.