Practice Direction No 9/2006
IN THE HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE IN NORTHERN IRELAND
CHANCERY OFFICE / BANKRUPTCY AND COMPANIES OFFICE
PRACTICE DIRECTION: UNIQUE SOLICITOR’S REFERENCE
affidavits, notices, books of pleadings and any other documents which are required to be lodged or filed in the Chancery Office or the Bankruptcy and Companies Office (via Front of House or direct) must display a unique solicitor’s reference (“USR”) in brackets immediately after the name and address (or name where the address is not required) of the issuing, filing or lodging solicitors.
solicitor or solicitors having carriage and any legal executive or other member of staff sharing carriage of the case may permit. Where the case file is referred to in the firm by a numerical or other code that should be included and would normally be the last part of the reference as shown in the following example.
“(Solicitors’ Reference AB/CD/EF/59872)”
of the matter on a day-to-day basis in a manner consistent with the convention used by the firm. Therefore if it is the firm’s practice in correspondence to, eg, open their numerical reference for a particular case before identifying the solicitor and other personnel having carriage, or to identify the assistant solicitor having carriage without identifying any principal, that may be followed on the relevant document to be filed. However it is essential that the USR should enable the firm, in response to any contact from the Office, to:-
(i) identify immediately the solicitor having predominant or exclusive carriage of the case within the firm; and
(ii) locate the firm’s case file swiftly.
Dated 19 December 2006
By the Direction of The Honourable Mr Justice Weir
Master Ellison Master Kelly