Sourdough – Recipe makes one family sized loaf

sourdough - peasant bread, courtesy of grongar

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  1. Take one large statutory instrument (fresh) and break it into 36 PARTS. Separate each part into several Chapters and season liberally with fresh terminology and numbering (roman is the best).
  2. Add several lever arch files and 2 reams of paper and stir. Leave the mixture overnight covered with a damp cloth.
  3. Next add 61 practice directions, in small batches, folding them in as you go. Do not add all the practice directions at once, or the desired effect will not be achieved.
  4. Once all the lawyers have risen to the top, skim them off and discard hygienically. They cannot be re-used.
  5. Now add the hundreds and thousands (Litigants in Person sort is best – they are untreated) and knead forcefully until all the ingredients are combined.
  6. Put the dough in a lined loaf tin. Top with flaked cuts.
  7. Bake in a hot oven until cracks begin to show in the crust.
  8. Turn out and slice very thinly indeed.
  9. Store in an airtight tin out of reach of children.


PS This post was really prompted by the fact that the Ministry of Justice have just published what appears to be a final final final (no really it’s final) list of PDs on their website “for preview purposes only”. A large number of PDs are published here, entirely without fanfare, for the first time. It appears that this useful resource will be removed just as the rules come into force (for reasons which only the MoJ know). As I am delivering a seminar on the rules tomorrow I have spent a considerable amount of time today struggling to print out the PDs that are presently not available elsewhere before they are removed – be warned that it is not straightforward to do this given the format of the material. I am hoping that the MoJ will publish revised rules and PDs as they do with the CPR and Adoption Rules, but have not yet received a response to my enquiry about that. I am not sure how else litigants in person will be able to access a reliable and up to date version of the rules and PDs in one place, but no doubt the MoJ have thought of everything and have a plan. I suppose it might be contrary to government policy to encourage litigation by allowing ordinary people access to the rules. Thankfully the lucky members of the legal community have been given a whole three weeks in which to familiarise themselves with over 700 pages of new regulatory material, although we will have to wait a little longer to see the court forms.

20 thoughts on “A SIMPLE RECIPE

  1. I understand that the MoJ will be putting up a new FPR sub-site, on their ‘Procedure rules’ page.

  2. Nick Langford

    I’ve been struggling my way through the ones already published for the last couple of weeks and so you have my sympathy! I’ve found it particularly frustrating that certain ones (5A and 27A, for excample) have been missing, so I look forward (!) to reading them.

    Spare a thought for those of us who are not trained lawyers but who nevertheless need to understand this, and then comunicate it in a straightforward way to LIPs.

  3. Is this why publication of your much anticipated book has been delayed?

  4. I’d just had a message from Amazon saying it would be delayed.

    Incidentally, is there a new equivalent to the old rule 10.20(1) allowing parties to access their court files? If there is, I can’t seem to find it.

  5. Many of these ingredients have been recycled, or perhaps regurgitated. I see, for example, that Practice Directions 27B and C will take effect from 27th April 2009.

    • yes, there is a list of the recycled ones in the unnumbered PD at the top of the “preview” page put up by the MoJ. BTW have looked but like you can’t find a specific rule on getting hold of docs on the court file. I would expect to see it in Part 29. I suppose you could make a part 19 application if court staff won’t let you have a copy. Regardless of whether the rules expressly permit it or not you ought to be entitled to see documents as before, subject to 29.1 on confidential addresses. One could argue that the overriding objective of doing justice, ensuring parties are on an equal footing etc would be furthered.

  6. Don’t hold your breath for a reply from the MoJ – as if you were. I am an LPC lecturer struggling to teach the family elective that started last week without any up-to-date forms. I emailed them over 3 weeks ago to ask when the forms would be available and haven’t even had an acknowledgment.

  7. These fresh PDs are on Family Law http://www.familylaw.co.uk/articles/FPRPDs-FullList-16022011 – it doesn’t mention anything about ‘preview’ so maybe that page will remain after 6th April. No forms though…

  8. Can I join the love fest and cookery lesson? You can find the recipe for my ‘Condom Bomb A La Tony Blair’ in my book. Gets instant results and MP’s moving. On a serious note Nick we need to arrange a face-to-face ref implications of these and ask pink Tape if we can get a group discount on her book! Best, Matt

  9. Nick Langford

    “…and ask Pink Tape if we can get a group discount on her book!”

    I don’t think that would be gentlemanly.

    • Condom bombs aren’t gentlemanly either 😉 Out of my hands, but will ask publisher for you Matt – send me your email address so I can respond?

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