Preparation of court bundles in family proceedings
Preparation of court bundles in family proceedings

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

  • Preparation of court bundles in family proceedings
  • Consequences of non-compliance with requirements
  • Responsibility for the preparation of the bundle
  • Documents to be included in the bundle
  • Contents of the bundle
  • Time estimates
  • Format of the bundle
  • Timetable for preparing and lodging the bundle

The Family Procedure Rules 2010 (FPR 2010) set out the universal practice for hearings in the Family Court and the Family Division of the High Court in FPR 2010, PD 27A. Failure to comply with the practice direction may result in costs penalties and/or vacation of a hearing. ‘Hearing’ in the context of the practice direction includes all appearances before the court, with or without notice to other parties, and includes hearings for directions or for substantive relief.

FPR 2010, PD 27A does not apply to the hearing of an urgent application if it is impossible to comply with the practice direction due to time constraints.

The provisions of FPR 2010, PD 27A apply whether a court bundle is being lodged for the first time or is being re-lodged for a further hearing.

FPR 2010, PD 27A originally came into effect from the 22 April 2014, with further changes in effect from 31 July 2014, that specify documents that should not be included in the bundle (unless directed by the court), and providing for the bundle to comprise only one A4 size ring binder or lever arch file limited to no more than 350 sheets of A4 paper and 350 sides of text. Additional changes came into effect from 23 July 2018, primarily:

  1. the introduction of page limits for certain types of documents—note