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When preparing a bundle for a directions hearing in respect of an application to enforce a child arrangements order, is it necessary to include all the documents from the most recent set of proceedings, including witness statements and any reports under section 7 of the Children Act 1989?

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Produced in partnership with Katherine Illsley of 4 King’s Bench Walk
Published on LexisPSL on 05/06/2020

The following Family Q&A produced in partnership with Katherine Illsley of 4 King’s Bench Walk provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • When preparing a bundle for a directions hearing in respect of an application to enforce a child arrangements order, is it necessary to include all the documents from the most recent set of proceedings, including witness statements and any reports under section 7 of the Children Act 1989?

When preparing a bundle for a directions hearing in respect of an application to enforce a child arrangements order, is it necessary to include all the documents from the most recent set of proceedings, including witness statements and any reports under section 7 of the Children Act 1989?

Court bundles for hearings and directions appointments must be prepared in accordance with Family Procedure Rules 2010 (FPR 2010), SI 2010/2955, 27.6, which provides that the provisions of FPR 2010, PD 27A must be followed. FPR 2010, PD 27A, para 4.1 states that the bundle shall contain copies of ‘only those documents which are relevant to the hearing and which it is necessary for the court to read or which will actually be referred to during the hearing’. A list of documents that must not be included unless specifically directed by the court is then provided. Included in that list are notes of contact visits, correspondence and social services files. Guidance as to the documents that should be incorporated in the bundle can be found at paras FPR 2010, PD 27A, paras 4.2 and

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