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Mandatory Family Orders on the way

Policy on standard orders highlighted in the latest update from the President

  • A much stricter approach to drafting orders in family cases will soon be in force as part of the modernisation process in the lead up to the Single Family Court.

    The policy has been announced in the the latest View from the President's Chambers, where he notes that at the moment

    "Inordinate amounts of time and money are spent – wasted – in the process of drafting orders that could, and therefore should, be standardised."

    To change this he has appointed a drafting group led by Mr Justice Mostyn who have set out to create a 

    "comprehensive set of orders the use of which will in due course become mandatory in the Family Court and the Family Division"

    The first fruits of their labours were the Example Search & Freezing Orders attached to his recent judgment in UL v BK and others will follow.

    They have also produced a set of 'House Rules' specifying the content and language to be used when drafting orders - a sort of style guide for family lawyers. The House Rules are not yet finalised so comments are welcome. You can read them on the Judiciary website here.

News, published: 17/07/2013


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