Limited availability of advice and assistance for tracing relatives or witnesses: “fishing enquiries”
Advice and assistance is not available:
To cover advertising or make enquiries about relatives to discover where they are or what has happened to them
For “fishing enquiries” such as tracing a spouse and keeping watch to see if he or she is committing adultery, based only on suspicion.
An increase can be granted to find out where the person is, if:
The enquiries are needed before legal proceedings can take place (for example for presumption of death or before raising divorce proceedings)
To enable a witness to be traced to get a precognition.
We will not grant an increase to employ a private investigator in an adultery case without details about the circumstances in which the alleged adultery is taking place. These details should include the address at which it is believed to be taking place and the likelihood of getting evidence.
Any increase will normally cover getting a report from one enquiry agent only. It will only cover two if it is shown that the court in which the action is to be raised will not accept the evidence of a single enquiry agent or there are other reasons for two agents to report.