The Family Procedure (Amendment) Rules 2010

Amendments regarding vulnerable parties

    On the 27th November 2017 a new Part 3A of the Family Procedure Rules 2010 came into force supplemented by a new Practice Direction 3AA. The purpose of the new Part 3A is:

    • to set out the court’s duties and powers in relation to making provisions as to the participation of vulnerable persons (including children) in family proceedings
    • to assist parties and witnesses in family proceedings where the quality of their evidence is likely to be diminished by their vulnerability

    The changes to the 2010 Rules are intended to improve the treatment of vulnerable witnesses and parties in family proceedings to ensure that a fair hearing takes place. The new rules are said to be part of wider work that the Ministry of Justice is now undertaking to improve the treatment of vulnerable court users (including fresh training for court staff and investing in the court estate to improve facilities), drawing on lessons that have been learnt in criminal justice.

    Our content comes directly from LexisPSL Family and explores the following topics:

    • What are the key provisions?
    • What are the key definitions?
    • What factors must the court take into account?
    • What directions may be made by the court?
    • What are the changes as to the giving of evidence?

    These checklists have been brought to you by our Lexis®PSL Family experts. In LexisPSL Family you’ll find clear, concise practice notes that not only explain the legal principles, but include practical tips on how to apply them in real life – with direct links to the relevant legislation, case law, commentary, forms and precedents you’ll need.

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