Christmas Vacation 2017-2018

Cause list Friday, 22 December 2017

Updated: 22 December 2017 10.37 (refresh your browser for the latest version)

The following list is subject to change until 4.30pm. Any alterations after this time will be telephoned or emailed direct to the parties or their legal representatives.

High Court of Justice

Christmas vacation 2017-2018

NOTICE

The Offices of the Supreme Court will be closed from Monday 25th December 2017 to Wednesday 27th December 2017 inclusive and on Monday 1st January 2018.

There will be no sitting in court during the Christmas Vacation

During the Christmas Vacation, any causes, matters or applications in any Division which “require at be immediately or promptly heard” will be heard by the Judge acting as Vacation Judge for the appropriate Division as detailed below.

The quotation is taken from Order 64, Rule 3 (1), replacing a rule which was fully analysed in Esso Petroleum Co Ltd v Dawn Property Co Ltd {1973} 1WLR 1450; {1973} 3 All E R 181

No application which does not fall strictly within this category will be dealt with.

Chancery Division

The Honourable Mr Justice Marcus Smith will act as Vacation Judge from 10:15am on Thursday 21st December 2017 to 10.15am on Monday 25th December 2017 inclusive.

The Honourable Mr Justice Barling will act as Vacation Judge from 10.15am on Monday 25th December 2017 to 10.15am on Wednesday 28th December 2017 inclusive.

The Honourable Mr Justice Henry Carr will act as Vacation Judge from 10.15am on Wednesday 27th December 2017 to 10.15am on Friday 29th December 2017 inclusive.

The Honourable Mr Justice Morgan will act as Vacation Judge from 10.15am on Friday 29th December 2017 to 4.15pm on Saturday 30th December 2017 inclusive.

The Honourable Mr Justice Henry Carr will act as Vacation Judge from 4.15pm on Saturday 30th December 2017 to 10.15am on Monday 1st January 2018 inclusive.

The Honourable Mr Justice Zacaroli will act as Vacation Judge from 10:15am on Monday 1st January 2018 to 10.15am on Tuesday 2nd January 2018 inclusive.

The Honourable Mr Justice Snowden will act as Vacation Judge from 10:15am on Tuesday 2nd January 2018 to 10.15am on Thursday 11th January 2018 inclusive.

Queen's Bench Division

The Honourable Mr Justice Martin Spencer will act as Vacation Judge from 4.15pm on Thursday 21st December 2017 to 10am on Thursday 28th December 2017 inclusive

The Honourable Mrs Justice McGowan will act as Vacation Judge from 10am from Thursday 28th December 2017 to 10am on Thursday 4th January 2018 inclusive.

The Honourable Mr Justice Andrew Baker will act as Vacation Judge from 10am on Thursday 4th January 2018 to 10am on Thursday 11th January 2018

When the Judge is not sitting in court, applications may be made if necessary, but only in cases of extreme urgency, to the Judge personally. The address of the Judge must first be obtained through the Clerk to the Judge on Vacation duty, whose telephone number may be obtained from the listing office to the appropriate Division, or where the offices are closed, at the Security Office (020 7947 6260). Applications to the Judge personally are not to be made except after reference to the Judge’s clerk or the office responsible for listing for the appropriate Division.

Administrative Court

A nominated Judge will sit throughout the Vacation Period to deal with matters in the Administrative Court List. All applications during office hours must be made to the Listing Officer (020 7947 6655). Out of normal hours the telephone number of the Duty Judge can be obtained from the Security Office (020 7947 6260).

The procedure to be followed in respect of applications to the Family Division and the Technology & Construction Court is set out below.

Family Division

FAMILY DIVISION MATTERS PROCEEDING IN THE HIGH COURT

Leave for urgent summonses to be listed by the Vacation Judge (a Circuit Judge sitting as a Judge of the High Court) must first be obtained from the District Judge of the Principal Registry of the Family Division, after which the summons should be taken to the Clerk of the Rules Department (Queen’s Building, first floor mezzanine) at the Royal Courts of Justice for formal issue. When the Judge is not sitting in chambers, applications may be made if necessary, but only in cases of extreme urgency, to the High Court Vacation Judge. Contact will be made through this office (Tel: 020 7947 6543) during office hours or at the Security Office (Tel: 020 7947 6260) at other times.

MATRIMONAL CAUSES PENDING IN DIVORCE COUNTY COURTS

A Circuit Judge will be available during the Vacation period to deal with urgent applications in matrimonial causes proceeding in the Family Proceedings Branch and treated as pending in a Divorce County Court.

Enquiries should be made in the first instance to the Principal Registry of the Family Division, First Avenue House (Tel: 020 7947 6540).

Leave to issue an urgent application by notice should be obtained from a District Judge of the Principal Registry of the Family Division, after which the application should be taken to the Clerk of the Rules Department for a date to be fixed and for the formal issue of the application.

A District Judge will pronounce decrees under the Special Procedure (Family Proceedings Rule 236) throughout the Vacation.

TECHNOLOGY & CONSTRUCTION COURT BUSINESS

During the Vacation, Judges of the Technology & Construction Court will be sitting sit on various dates through the vacation period to deal with summonses by appointment and in the case of urgent matters at other times by arrangement with the clerks to the Judges of the Technology & Construction Court. Enquiries should be made to the Registry Office (Tel: 020 7947 6022).

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