BUNDLES: CIVIL CASES IN THE FAMILY DIVISION: COMPLY WITH THE RULES
In Re XY  EWHC 1610 (Fam) Mr Justice Williams made it clear that all cases heard in the Family Division are subject to the Division rules relating to bundles.
“For applications such as those under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependents) Act 1975 and other applications which are heard in the Family Division but are subject to the Civil Procedure Rules,the parties should comply with FPR PD27A in the preparation of bundles for hearings taking place in the High Court”
The court was hearing an action under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependents) Act 1975. A bundle of documents had been lodged by the claimant’s solicitors. That bundle did not contain a case summary, chronology, list of issues, or list of essential reading.
THE JUDGE’S OBSERVATIONS ON THE ABSENCE OF THE SUMMARY, CHRONOLOGY AND OTHER ESSENTIAL DOCUMENTATION
“2. Upon making further enquiry with counsel in the case, the explanation was that pursuant to CPR 57.15 the claim could be issued in the Family Division but nonetheless the Civil Procedure Rules would apply. CPR 39.5 and CPR PD39A provide for a Trial Bundle including a case summary and/or chronology where appropriate. The Notes to the CPR in the White Book say that specific reference
should be made to the QBD Guide and the Chancery Guide for preparation of bundles in those divisions but no reference is made to the preparation of bundles in the Family Division.