Paulin v Paulin: CA 17 Mar 2009

The court considered an application by the wife when, anticipating ancillary relief claims, the husband sought to have himself declared bankrupt, and she intervened to have the bankruptcy set aside. The husband now appealed.
Held: Wilson LJ set out examples of the application to particular facts of the jurisdiction to reverse an error prior to the perfection of a judgment. The jurisdiction does not exist so as to enable a party to re-argue points already argued orally or to advance points which were not argued before judgment was given.
Wilson LJ said: ‘Until 1972 the courts made no attempt to narrow the circumstances in which it would be proper for a judge to exercise his jurisdiction to reverse his decision prior to the sealing of the order’.


Wilson, Longmore, Lawrence Collins LJJ


[2009] EWCA Civ 221, [2009] 2 FLR 3, [2009] BPIR 572, [2009] 3 All ER 88, [2009] Fam Law 567, [2009] 2 FCR 477




Insolvency Act 1986 306


England and Wales

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Updated: 23 July 2022; Ref: scu.321828