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Powers and Duties of District Judges

5.5 Powers and Duties of District Judges

Judges are directed by the terms of the legislation on which the application
is made, and also by the Civil Procedure Rules (www.justice.gov.uk/civil/
procrules_fin/) and other regulations.

This means that there are some things that the Judge must do and some
things that they may do. Judges must act fairly and impartially, and their
decisions will be based upon the facts that are proven, the rules that apply
to the case and/or the wider social consequences of any decision that they
make. Although a judge may strike out a claim if it is defective due to an
error, they may also allow some errors to be corrected and allow a case to
proceed.