Changes regarding skeleton arguments

A revised statement on the efficient conduct of financial remedy hearings allocated to a High Court judge (whether sitting at the Royal Courts of Justice or elsewhere) has been issued by Mr Justice Mostyn, amending paragraph 15(a) which previously provided that a skeleton argument must 'be concise and not exceed 25 pages (excluding agreed documents under para 13 above [ie as to the schedule of assets and chronology], but including any other appended schedules'. The revised statement now provides that skeleton arguments must:

'...be concise and not exceed
i. For the first appointment, or any other interim hearing, 10 pages
(including any attached schedules);
ii. For the FDR 15 pages (excluding agreed documents but including
any other appended schedules);
iii. For the final hearing 20 pages (excluding agreed documents
under para 13 above, but including any other appended
schedules).'

Paragraph 16 of the statement has also been amended to reflect that if a skeleton argument for the final hearing is intended to exceed the revised limit of 20 pages, a direction to that effect should be sought at the pre-trial review.

The amendments to the statement take effect from 1 February 2016.

The revised statement can be accessed here:  Statement on the efficient conduct of financial remedy hearings allocated to a High Court judge whether sitting at the Royal Courts of Justice or elsewhere.

Geraldine Morris is a solicitor and Head of LexisPSL Family.

Twitter: @GeraldineMorris

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