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1 Published statements, usually issued by the head of the court or division to which they relate, indicating the procedure to be followed in particular matters or the court's intended policy in certain cases. Unlike rules of court, they have no statutory authority. They are normally published in the law reports. Masters' Practice Directions, issued by the Queen's Bench Masters, concern the administration of the Queen's Bench Division.

2 Instructions found in the Civil Procedure Rules of 1999 that supplement those rules and act as aids to their interpretation. See also pre-action protocols.

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