Tempo Marble & Granite Ltd. v. The “Mecklenburg I”

In Admiralty Practice, Discovery on (Updated )

This was an application by the Defendants to strike two affidavits containing the evidence in chief of the Plaintiff in this simplified action. The basis for the application was that the evidence in the affidavits contradicted earlier evidence given at the discovery phase in answers to interrogatories. The Prothonotary found that the evidence did, in fact, contradict the earlier evidence and further found that the Defendants were prejudiced by the affidavits in that they did not have sufficient time to mount a proper defence. The Prothonotary noted that the policy today is to provide evidence in advance so each party knows the case it has to meet and is not taken by surprise. In result, the Prothonotary ordered that the affidavits be struck.