Norwich Pharmacal orders—procedure for application
Norwich Pharmacal orders—procedure for application

The following Dispute Resolution guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Norwich Pharmacal orders—procedure for application
  • Practice prior to application
  • Making an application for an NPO
  • Part 8 claim form
  • Application notice
  • Expedited and without notice NPO applications
  • Serving NPOs out of the jurisdiction
  • Disputing the jurisdiction of the court
  • Practical tips on an NPO application
  • Court specific guidance

This Practice Note provides guidance on the interpretation and application of the relevant provisions of the CPR. Depending on the court in which your matter is proceeding, you may also need to be mindful of additional provisions—see further below.

You should also consider if any proceedings might be subject to the disclosure pilot in the Business and Property Courts. For further guidance, see Practice Note: Business and Property Courts—the disclosure pilot scheme.

This Practice Note looks at how to make an application for a Norwich Pharmacal order (NPO) for the disclosure of documents in civil proceedings. It looks at making an application for an NPO under CPR 8 where there are no existing proceedings and the process where proceedings have been issued

For guidance on what a NPO is and when they can be used, see Practice Note: Norwich Pharmacal orders (NPOs).

For a checklist of key points to consider when applying for an NPO, see: Norwich Pharmacal Orders—checklist.

Practice prior to application

The Court of Appeal in Jofa v Benherst Finance in 2019 set out that a person to whom a request was made under the Norwich Pharmacal principle does not owe any legal duty to the party seeking assistance to provide information without a court order.

However, prior to making an application for an NPO, it is common practice to ask the intended