Bending the rules

Bending the rules

The changes that came into effect on 22 April are huge, there’s no doubt about that. But is the whole family justice system really on-board? In the past few days I have heard of quite a few regional variations in how the changes are actually working in practice. A few examples are:

-          Bundles – revised Family Procedure Rules 2010, PRD 27A provides for a bundle to be supplied for every hearing (the previous version applied to hearings of over an hour) but some courts are issuing their own local directives that bundles aren’t required for shorter hearings. You can understand why, do some courts even have space for bundles for every single hearing and the administration to deal with them? The problem is, how are practitioners

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About the author:

Geraldine is Head of LexisPSL Family. She was admitted as a solicitor in 1992 and was in practice for 15 years, most recently as a partner and head of the family team at Hart Brown, a large Surrey firm.

Geraldine writes for Butterworths Family Law Service and is a past editor of the Resolution Review. She has been published in the New Law Journal, the Law Society Gazette and the District Judges’ Bulletin as well as in the national press including the Times and the Telegraph.

When in practice she was a member of the Law Society Family and Children Panels, and an accredited Resolution Specialist with a focus on advanced financial provision and pensions. A past Resolution regional secretary and press officer, Geraldine also contributed chapters to the Resolution publications, International Aspects of Family Law (3rd Edition 2009) and The Modern Family (2012).