It appears that the
hearing was the end of May, in which case the order should have been made at
that time, albeit verbally. The written one comes out days or weeks later, which
means that she would have had from the end of May until 12 July to serve and file
a statement in response. So far so good.
There is then a
further period, until 17 August to serve the bundle, summary and allegations.
Looking at your
question, I think you're concerned that the allegations will be presented five
days before the hearing, and he has no time to reply to them.
That, of course, is
something for him to raise and not for her. The allegations will be considered
at trial and he will have the opportunity to respond. Remember that all he is
likely to do is deny everything in any event, and it will be for the judge on
the day to decide whether they prefer her version of events or his version of
The fact remains
that the judge has made an order and if he wants more time, he is faced with
making an application to court for the order to be varied.
I think the reason
that the timescale is so short, is because she made the allegations in an
application, and he has replied to them in his witness statement. I think the
judge is simply wanting it put down formally for ease of reading.
Remember that the
reason for all of this is to get the papers together and not for the matter to
be decided, in correspondence, before it gets to court. If that were the case,
they could agree between them, and there would be no need for the court to