The Supreme Court has developed a “Family Order Pick List” which sets out standard terms for most of the usual orders made in family cases. The picklist provides the Supreme Court clerks the ability to electronically populate orders after chambers applications or a judicial case conference. There will still be the ability to add free form text to deal with “unusual” orders.
The pick list addresses multiple problems that have arisen with family law orders: a number of orders are never formalized; draft orders are frequently rejected by the District Deputy Registrars or sent to the presider for signature, because the draft does not match the clerk’s notes; and applications to settle orders are more frequent and contentious.
The purpose of the pick list is to allow lawyers and self-represented litigants to use it in drafting notices of applications and orders. This will provide expediency in the formalization of orders and consistency in the form of family law orders.
Users are advised to also consult the Administrative Notices, Practice Directions - Civil, and the Practice Directions - Family to ensure that they are aware of all directions which may have relevance to the matter in which they are engaged. The Index and Table of Concordance may be of assistance in identifying other relevant Practice Directions or Administrative Notices.