"By 4pm on 7 August 2018 both parties must send a written statement to each other"
Everyone knows what is expected and what to do.
Other Court orders are not so specific, they only mention a deadline without the specific information
"The parties are to file position statements by 2nd February 2018"
"The parties shall file and serve position statements by 4PM on 26th April 2018."
"The parties shall file and serve statements by 4.00pm on 30th November 2018"
"The parties to respond to the report and set out their positions by serving the position statements by 4pm on 13 February 2019"
(careful observer will notice four different date formats - no hour, 4PM, 4.00pm and 4pm)
Sometimes there are more details, such as number of pages (2, 4, undefined) as well as spacing (1.5, 2, undefined), there are no mentions of the font size, margin or paper size.
As a result, the first time I have a chance to read the position statement of the respondent is in the courtroom.
Even when we assume following the protocol when preparing the bundle, it is only the index (not content) that is communicated. See also related question about bundles: What is a reasonable timeframe to agree on the contents of the bundle?
Just wondering where to find a relevant regulation regarding the position statements and what is the exact protocol of filing them.
EDIT / UPDATE:
Just confirming that to file and serve means to file and serve to the court?
(throughout 5 court hearings the other party did not send me their, with the exception when it was explicitly "to each other")
Enquiries: email@example.com Listing: firstname.lastname@example.org Filing and records: email@example.com Bailiffs: firstname.lastname@example.org Family queries: email@example.com
And the best thing is - even if I find a piece of regulation, read it a few times to ensure I have a proper understanding - then I'm the only who knows it and others are breaking it and I have no way of enforcing it.