Christmas vacation 2016

HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE

 Christmas vaction 2016

NOTICE


The Offices of the Supreme Court will be closed from Monday 26th December 2016 to Wednesday 28th December 2016 inclusive and on Monday 2nd January 2017.

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 Arnold will act as Vacation Judge from 10:15am on Wednesday 21st December 2016 to 10.15am on Friday 23rd December 2016 inclusive.

The Honourable Mr Justice Nugee will act as Vacation Judge from 10.15am on Friday 23rd December 2016 to 10.15am on Saturday 24th December 2016 inclusive.

The Honourable Mr Justice Newey will act as Vacation Judge from 10.15am on Saturday 24th December 2016 to 10.15am on Thursday 29th December 2016 inclusive.

The Honourable Mr Justice Barling will act as Vacation Judge from 10.15am on Thursday 29th December 2016 to 12am on Friday 30th December 2016 inclusive.

The Honourable Mr Justice Snowden will act as Vacation Judge from 12am on Friday 30th December 2016 to 10.15am on Friday 7th January 2017 inclusive.

The Honourable Mr Justice Arnold will act as Vacation Judge from 10:15am on Friday 7th January 2017 to 10.15am on Wednesday 11th January 2017 inclusive.

QUEEN’S BENCH DIVISION


The Honourable Mr Justice Warby will act as Vacation Judge from 4.15pm on Wednesday 21st December 2016 to 12am on Saturday 24th December 2016 inclusive

The Honourable Mrs Justice Cheema-Grubb will act as Vacation Judge from 12am on Saturday 24th December 2016 to 5am on Tuesday 29th December 2016 inclusive.

The Honourable Mr Justice Gilbart will act as Vacation Judge from 5am on Thursday 29th December 2016 to 10am on Tuesday 3rd January 2017.

The Honourable Mr Justice Warby will act as Vacation Judge from 10am on Monday 2nd January 2017 to 10am on Friday 6th January 2017

 The Honourable Mr Justice Andrew Baker will act as Vacation Judge from 10am on Friday 6th January 2017 to 10am on Wednesday 11th January 2017

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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