In March 2013, the Official Solicitor published a Practice Note entitled: The Official Solicitor to the Senior Courts: Appointment in Family Proceedings and Proceedings under the Inherent Jurisdiction in Relation to Adults.
This Practice Note replaces the Practice Note of 2 April 2001 issued by the Official Solicitor and is intended to be helpful guidance, but remains subject to legislation (including Rules of Court), Practice Directions and case-law.
The Practice Note concerns:
- the appointment of the Official Solicitor as 'litigation friend' of a 'protected party' or child in family proceedings or where the Family Division of the High Court is being invited to exercise its inherent jurisdiction in relation to a vulnerable adult;
- requests by the court to the Official Solicitor to conduct Harbin v Masterman enquiries; and
- requests by the court to the Official Solicitor to act as, or appoint counsel to act as, an advocate to the court.
The full Practice Note is available to download here