Following criticism of the standard of witness statements filed in the family courts the President issued a memorandum giving guidance to practitioners on the preparation of witness statements [here].

This guidance comes with with the warning that unless it it is followed he will issue a Practice Direction similar to CPR PD 57AC issued by the Business and Property Courts.   Attached to the memorandum is an optional template for the guidance of litigants in person acting in non-complex private law welfare cases.