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Docketing (judicial continuity)

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09 Jan 22 #518529 by T W Dixon
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My friend is a party in a private family law case about arrangements for her children. Both she and the other party (the children's father) are litigants in person; neither of them has a solicitor.

The court has decided that there will be a “Finding of Fact” hearing and, beforehand, a “Pre-Trial Review” hearing.

My friend is considering issuing an application form C2 for an order that “the case be docketed to [a named judge]” - so that the same judge would, unless they were unavailable, deal with the “Pre-Trial Review” hearing, the “Finding of Fact” hearing and any other hearing that might be required in the meantime.

I would be interested to hear any experience of a similar application - or of any case “docketed” to a named judge.

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07 Feb 22 - 07 Feb 22 #518827 by T W Dixon
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Is the President’s Guidance on Continuity and Deployment (Private Law) that the President of the Family Division issued on 22 April 2014 still valid - or has it been superseded?
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12 Jun 22 #519470 by T W Dixon
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Update:
  1. my friend applied for an order that "the case be docketed to [a named judge]";
  2. the court did not make an order in those terms; but
  3. the court did order that "the hearing of [a pending interim application for directions] be listed before Deputy District Judge H" and that "For the avoidance of doubt, the pre-trial review on [date] and the final finding of fact hearing of [dates], both listed before Deputy District Judge H, do remain in the court list"; so
  4. my friend got the outcome that she wanted.

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