Changes to Family Procedure Rules 2010 Practice Directions

Family Analysis: New Family Procedure Rules 2010 (FPR 2010) Practice Directions have been issued comprising a new FPR 2010, PD 36O (Pilot Scheme: Procedure for bulk scanning of certain documents) which came into force on 1 July 2019 and a new FPR 2010, PD 30B (Appeals—Transparency) which comes into force on 1 October 2019. In addition, various amendments are made to four existing Pilot Scheme Practice Directions, making changes to the operation of those pilots.

What are the new Practice Directions?

FPR 2010, PD 36O (Pilot Scheme: Procedure for bulk scanning of certain documents)

FPR 2010, PD 36O is made under FPR 2010, SI 2010/2955, 36.2 and sets up a Pilot Scheme to allow for the bulk scanning by a specified third-party company of certain documents which are required to be filed with or otherwise sent to the court. It came into force on 1 July 2019.

FPR 2010, PD 30B (Appeals—Transparency)

FPR 2010, PD 30B is made under FPR 2010, SI 2010/2955, 30.12A(4) and provides for the circumstances in which the appeal court will ordinarily make an order under FPR 2010, SI 2010/2955, 30.12A(2) and for the terms of the order under FPR 2010, SI 2010/2955, 30.12A(3) which the court will ordinarily make in such circumstances.

What other amendments have been made to FPR 2010 Practice Directions?

A number of existing Pilot Scheme Practice Directions are also amended as follows:

  • FPR 2010, PD 36G (Pilot Scheme: Procedure for using an online system to generate applications in certain private law proceedings relating to children) is amended to reflect the fact that the pilot online system for C100 applications is now operated by HMCTS—this change came into force on 1 July 2019
  • FPR 2010, PD 36I (Pilot Scheme: Procedure for online filing of certain applications for consent orders for a financial remedy in connection with matrimonial proceedings) is amended to extend the pilot scheme for certain consent financial remedy applications to be made online, so that it will now end on 31 March 2020, and to clarify to which cases the pilot scheme applies—the amendments came into force on 1 July 2019
  • FPR 2010, PD 36J (Pilot Scheme: Transparency (attendance at hearings in private)) is amended to extend the pilot scheme for legal bloggers to attend hearings held in private to a new end date of 30 June 2020, and
  • FPR 2010, PD 36K (Pilot Scheme: Procedure for the bulk scanning of certain private law applications) is amended to enable a further roll-out of the scheme for bulk scanning of C100 paper applications, and to enable the court to send such applications to the bulk scanning company in cases where, had the applicant followed the Practice Direction, applications would have been sent direct to the bulk scanning company in the first instance—the amendments came into force on 1 July 2019

This is an excerpt from a News Analysis first published by LexisPSL Family. For further analysis of the changes, if not already a subscriber to LexisPSL Family, click here to request a free one week trial.

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