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DJ Nigel Law explains how to prepare your family court bundle without angering the judge

4 July 2011

More than 30 years ago, I was appearing as a raw and inexperienced articled clerk in Blackpool County Court on a summons for directions issued by my principal. As I walked into the registrar’s chambers, the ‘Green Book’ thrown in my direction hit the door that I had pushed open and the registrar screamed that I had better learn the law before coming back, and make sure that I had a full set of pleadings with me. It was the correct advice but perhaps the manner of its telling was extreme.

Although I have a reputation as a district judge for being grumpy on occasions, I would never think of such an act when faced in a family case with no bundle at all; more bundles than the case could ever justify, with duplication galore; bundles that have not been paginated, and those where the pagination in my bundle and that of the parties is different; bundles held together with treasury tags that are so tight the bundle refuses to open; bundles which fall apart as soon as they are p...

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