Family Procedure Rule Committee—an update

Family Procedure Rule Committee—an update

Following an open meeting of the Family Procedure Rule Committee (FPRC) on 5 December 2016, the FPRC has provided an update on the progress of key family law developments including online divorce reforms, separating divorce proceedings and financial remedy proceedings, vulnerable witnesses and the work of the Financial Remedies Working Group (FRWG).

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Family Procedure Rule Committee open meeting

The FPRC held an open meeting on 5 December 2016 to update interested parties on the progress of online divorce reforms, separating divorce proceedings and financial remedy proceedings ('de-linking'), vulnerable witnesses and the work of the Financial Remedies Working Group (FRWG).

What is the FPRC?

The FPRC makes rules of court that govern the practice and procedure followed in family proceedings in the High Court and Family Court. The FPRC is an advisory non-departmental public body, sponsored by the Ministry of Justice. The FPRC meet ten times throughout the year. One meeting each year is open to the public.

Details of the members of the FPRC and copies of the agendas and minutes are available on the GOV.UK website.

How are Part 3A of the draft Family Procedure Rules 2010 (FPR 2010), and draft FPR 2010, PD3AA regarding vulnerable witnesses progressing?

Draft FPR 2010, Pt 3 and FPR 2010, PD 3AA have been preoccupying the FPRC for a number of months. The FPRC have confirmed that a decision has been made to split the focus of work into two strands, focusing on:

  • vulnerable witnesses and children as witnesses, and
  • the participation of children in proceedings

The FPRC confirmed that a final version of FPR 2010, PD 3AA has now received ministerial clearance. A detailed timetable for FPR 2010, PD 3AA will b

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Kirstie is a member of the LexisPSL family team and a solicitor specialising in all aspects of family law with particular emphasis on financial settlements, pre-nuptial agreements, private law children matters and financial disputes between cohabitants. Kirstie trained at Manches qualifying into their family department in 2003 where she worked for a number of years, particularly on financial settlement proceedings for high net worth clients. In 2006 she joined the family team at Charles Russell and progressed to become a senior associate in the department. Kirstie is a former member of the Young Resolution London Region Committee. She is also a regular contributor to Family Law Journal on wide-ranging areas of family law.