PRACTICE DIRECTION 29D – COURT OFFICERS MAKING CORRECTIONS TO ORDERS
This practice direction supplements rule 29.16 FPR 2010
1.1 Rule 29.10 FPR p6ovides that the court may correct an accidental slip or omission in a judgment or order. Corrections under that rule must be approved by a judge, or by a Justices’ Legal Adviser where Practice Direction 2C so provides.
1.2 A court officer may make an amendment to an order, without prior reference to a judge or Justices’ Legal Adviser (as applicable), in the following circumstances-
(a) where a court officer has wrongly transposed details in the draft order approved by the court;
(b) where the error is obviously typographical such as-
(i) the spelling of a party’s name, a date of birth, a place of birth or marriage, where that can be corrected by reference to the application or supporting evidence on the court file such as a birth or marriage certificate; or
(ii) a nonsensical word clearly included in error (but see paragraph 1.4);
(c) changes to references in the order to the venue at which a hearing took place, where this can be verified from the court file, court diary or cause list;
(d) the date of the order, where this can be verified from the court file, court diary or cause list;
(e) details of a party’s legal representatives at a hearing when this can be verified from the court file or other record of hearing;
(f) the date of a hearing, where the court officer has listed a matter for hearing but transposed the details incorrectly into the order that notifies the parties of the hearing date;
(g) to improve the formatting (but not the numbering) of an order.
1.3 If a court officer concludes that-
(a) it would be inappropriate to make an amendment to an order even where they consider that a case falls within paragraph 1.2; or
(b) they are not certain whether or not a case falls within paragraph 1.2 (for example whether an error is obviously typographical),
the court officer must refer the matter to a judge to determine whether to make the amendment.
1.4 Save as specified in paragraph 1.2, a court officer must never make linguistic, grammatical or textual amendments to an order, or alter its numbering, without reference to a judge or, where Practice Direction 2C applies, to a Justices’ Legal Adviser.
1.5 A court officer must never make an amendment to a judgment or written ruling without reference to a judge or, where Practice Direction 2C applies, to a Justices’ Legal Adviser.