District Judges' Corner and other news from Exeter Court

District Judges' Corner and other news from Exeter Court

Guidance from District Judge John Collins on communications with the Court


Would all parties please note this guidance. Compliance will ensure that precious court resources are not wasted.

If you send a communication to the court by email you will receive an immediate acknowledgement.


The court will endeavour to process or respond to your email within 10 working days. However, please note that if your document requires referral to a Judge you may not get a reply for up to 20 working days. If your email is regarding a complaint, please allow 10 working days for your concerns to be investigated and a response provided.


There is guidance on complaints in the document EX343 on the Justice websitewww.justice.gov.uk.

Would all parties please note that Court staff are not legally trained and cannot provide legal advice. If you are uncertain how to proceed the burden is upon you to consider, the Civil Procedure Rules and Family Procedure Rules available on the Ministry of Justice website see http://www.justice.gov.uk.


The court will advise litigants in person that it is best for people to seek professional legal advice from a solicitor, legal executive, legal advice agency or Citizens Advice Bureau. They will also be referred to Civil legal advice who can provide for free legal advice on 0845 345 4 345 or via their website at https://www.gov.uk/civil-legal-advice.


Litigants in person in Devon will also be referred to the Personal Support Unit based in Exeter Combined Court which is able to provide emotional and practical support (but is not able to give legal advice).  See their website www.thepsu.org, or tel: 01392 415 335 or email exeter@thepsu.org.uk .


Would all parties please note:


1.  Send your documents once and do not duplicate a copy in the Post/DX/Fax – the email acknowledgment is your confirmation that your email has been received.


2. Do not send documents electronically that require a fee, unless:  

i) Fee Account quoted.  

i) Payment by debit card required and contact details given for payment.

iii) Application is by Local Authority.  


3. Do not send emails which exceed 10Mb as they will not be accepted.


4. When you email the court the subject line of your mail must contain (in the following order):

i) If relating to a hearing, the date and time of hearing.  

ii) The case number.  

iii) The title of the case (abbreviated if necessary).  

iv) The subject matter (e.g. defence).  

v) The judge's name, where the correspondence/document is for their attention.  

Following these rules will enable the court staff to concentrate on progressing the work without unnecessary interruptions.


Thank you for your co-operation


District Judge John Collins


24 October 2016.

District Judge & Diversity and Community Relations Judge, The County and Family Court at Exeter, Exeter Combined Court Centre, Southernhay Gardens, Exeter, EX1 1UH.


Path to Reform of Civil Courts - an Open Meeting with HHJ Cotter QC on 14 December 2016


DASLS Contentious Business Sub-Committee has organised this open meeting which will provide a unique opportunity to explore and discuss meeting the challenges of litigation in the next five years and beyond

Members will have an opportunity to raise any questions or concerns.

Click here for details. To reserve your place email monique@dasls.com

Issue of Warrant of Possession

We are aware of the recent judgment in the Court of Appeal relating to the issuing of Warrants of Possession.

Go to https://newsroom.anthonycollins.com/ for background/context - in particular the eBriefings articles of 24 and 25 October (When permission is needed to apply for a Warrant of Possessionand Changes to Warrants of Possession in rent arrears cases!).


The Civil Procedure Rule Committee that makes rules for the civil courts will be considering the judgment and its implications at its committee meeting on the 4th November 2016 and further communications will be issued in due course. The current procedure for issuing warrants of possession should be followed until instructed otherwise, however if an application for permission to issue a warrant is received, this should be processed in the same way that any application would currently be processed.  


Further communications will be provided in due course and all queries should be directed tocivil&familybusinesssupport@hmcts.gsi.gov.uk 

Johnny Walker
Civil, Family, Tribunals Delivery Manager
Exeter and Barnstaple County Courts

Exeter Combined Court Centre
Southernhay Gardens
Exeter EX1 1UH
DX 98440 Exeter 2

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