01 July 2020
Updated Guidance From The High Court Masters
The Masters’ Guidance available from https://judiciaryni.uk/ has been updated 0n 30 June 2020 to reflect the following changes:
QB Masters – Review of Interlocutory Summonses which were previously listed for hearing between 20 March and 30 June. Phase 1 of the require requires legal representatives to collaboratively complete and lodge form QBCI1 no later than 4.00 pm on 10 July 2020. The arrangements for Phase 2 will be published on 27 July 2020. PLEASE SEE attached document which lists the cases to be considered;
Chancery and Probate – the guidance has been amended to reflect that the current arrangement for Grants of Probate will remain in place for the duration of the Long Vacation and will be reviewed by the Master at the start of the New Term;
Matrimonial – Guidance on FDR hearings has been included;
Care and Protection – Children’s cases and Non-Molestation Order cases will be further reviewed in accordance with the Directions Order. All other cases, including new cases, are now being processed by the Children’s Office and Patient’s Office (subject to staffing restrictions).
Taxing Master – Contested matters may be dealt with by way of written submissions, telephone or remote hearings (or hybrid hearings).