Are you a family lawyer? Do you have loads of free time? My eardrums just split from the sound of hollow laughter echoing around the country.
Do you want to have LESS free time?
Do you want to spend MORE of your evenings and weekends, faffing about with longer, more cumbersome Case Management Orders? Is there nothing you like more than emailing back and forth over painstaking detail to perfect the Case Management Order and you just wish you could do more of it?
I suspect not, which is why I’m telling you two things:-
1) There is a consultation about a new Case Management Order and it runs out on 16th April
2) The proposed new Case Management Order runs to 22 pages. It has 130 paragraphs.
Now, the idea is that 80% of those paragraphs won’t apply to most cases, but you still need to delete them individually each and every time that you draft an order. And you need to dig around in the 130 paragraphs to find the bits that you want. For example, the section about whether to extend the timetable beyond 26 weeks is paragraph 120.
This is happening to us, unless as a result of the consultation, the Powers That Might Be Giants reconsider.
The only chance of that happening is if lawyers who draft these orders, or amend other people’s drafts of the orders, or who have to explain them to their clients take part in the consultation and give their views.
And if for some reason, you WANT CMOs to be three times longer than the current model then you’d better put in your view to counterbalance the one I submitted…
So please – half an hour of your time now, is going to save you about half a day per a week in the future. Like Jennifer Aniston in L’Oreal adverts, it is worth it.