In his 'View from the President's Chambers: the process of reform: an update' in July
2013, the President of the Family Division, Sir James Munby, explained his
concern at the amount of time and money wasted in the process of drafting
orders that could be standardised. He appointed Mostyn J to lead a drafting group with the aim of
providing a comprehensive set of orders, the use of which would become
mandatory in the Family Court and the Family Division.
In his 12th ‘View from the President's Chamber: The process of reform: next steps’ on 9 June 2014, the President reiterated the continued
aim, as with every aspect of the family justice system, to 'simplify and
streamline the process so as to make it more user friendly for litigants,
litigants in person in particular, and quicker and cheaper for all'. The
President remains 'convinced of the necessity of producing a comprehensive set
of forms of order for use in the Family Division and the Family Court'.
Accordingly, now circulated for discussion and
comment, is a further batch of draft orders prepared by Mostyn J's team for use
in the High Court. These orders relate to:
Abduction – including collection
orders, location orders, passports and wardship.
Disclosure – including a request to the
Home Office, Government departments and the police.
Fertilisation & Embryology Act 2008 & Child Treatment – including
parental orders and medical treatment or procedure orders and withdrawal of
of the orders will be staged and whilst the latest orders appear to be subject
to discussion, it is wise for practitioners to familiarise themselves with the