Guidance

Appointment of Official Solicitor in family proceedings: practice note

Guidance for solicitors about appointing the Official Solicitor as litigation friend for someone lacking the capacity to conduct family proceedings.

Document

The Official Solicitor to the Senior Courts: Appointment in Family Proceedings and Proceedings under the Inherent Jurisdiction in Relation to Adults

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Detail

This practice note for solicitors contains information about:

  • appointing the Official Solicitor as litigation friend of a child in family proceedings or a protected party

  • requests from the court for the Official Solicitor to conduct Harbin v Masterman enquiries

  • requests from the court for the Official Solicitor to act as, or appoint counsel to act as, an advocate to the court