Practice direction covers name pronunciation and preferred forms of address

Chief Justice Helen Bowskill today issued Supreme Court Practice Direction 10 of 2023 – Pronunciation of names and preferred forms of address.

It suggests, among other things, that practitioners should consider whether any names associated with their client’s matter might be difficult to pronounce and provide the court with the correct phonetic pronunciation for those names.

“Recognising that the correct pronunciation of names and use of preferred forms of address is a matter of respect, the Supreme Court seeks to facilitate a simple process by which legal practitioners and self-represented litigants can provide, and the Court can seek, guidance and clarification of these matters,” the practice direction says.

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