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The Family Procedure (Amendment No 2 ) Rules 2014, SI 2014/667 (the amendment rules) come into effect on 22 April 2014 making changes to the allocation and transfer of proceedings, appeals, enforcement, and contempt and committal. They are part of a package of statutory instruments that will be needed for the purposes of the creation of the family court. What changes to procedure do family lawyers need to be aware of?
Why are amendments to the Family Procedure Rules 2010 (FPR 2010) required?
In the government response to the Family Justice Review, published in February 2012, it accepted the recommendation that a single family court (to be known as the family court) should be created to deal with family proceedings, replacing the current three tiers of court structure, with the High Court retaining exclusive jurisdiction in just a limited number of areas. In order to achieve this, primary legislation was required and provision for the establishment of a family court for England and Wales was enacted in the Crime and Courts Act 2013 (CCA 2013).
FPR 2010 sets out the practice and procedure to be followed in family proceedings in the High Court, county courts and magistrates’ courts. When section 17(3) of CCA 2013 is in force, establishing a family court for England and Wales, the FPR 2010 will govern the practice and procedure to be followed in family proceedings in the High Court and in the family court. The main purpose of Family Procedure (Amendment No 2 ) Rules 2014, SI 2014/66
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Claire is a member of the LexisPSL Family team and has almost twenty years of experience as a family solicitor. She specialises in all aspects of private family work, including resolving issues relating to property, money, and children arising on relationship breakdown between married and unmarried couples.
Claire worked as a family solicitor at Hart Brown solicitors in Surrey. She was an accredited specialist with Resolution with particular expertise in the areas of advanced financial provision and pensions. She was also on the Law Society Family Law Panel.
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