Communications with the court—family proceedings
Communications with the court—family proceedings

The following Family guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Communications with the court—family proceedings
  • Communication and filing of documents by email
  • What the court can send via email
  • Communications with the court
  • Specified organisations
  • Persons other than specified organisations
  • Technical specifications
  • Date of receipt by the court
  • Statement of truth
  • Practical tips

This Practice Note considers the provisions in the Family Procedure Rules 2010 (FPR 2010), SI 2010/2955, relating to communications with the court and the filing of documents with the court by email in family proceedings (save for adoption proceedings) as provided for in FPR 2010, Pt 5 and FPR 2010, PD 5B and PD 5C. It explains the different requirements for specified organisations and ‘persons other than specified organisations’ and the requirements that any email sent to the court under FPR 2010, PD 5B must comply with.

A number of pilot schemes have been introduced in the Family Court, providing, inter alia, for the online filing of applications. Where such a pilot scheme applies, any steps taken should be in accordance with the relevant pilot. See Practice Note: Pilot schemes in the Family Court.

Communication and filing of documents by email

Amendments were made to FPR 2010 on 7 December 2015 by virtue of the Family Procedure (Amendment No 3) Rules 2015, SI 2015/1868, including the addition of FPR 2010, PD 5B making provision for communication and the filing of documents with the court by email.

The provisions set out in FPR 2010, PD 5B allow parties in proceedings governed by the FPR 2010 to:

  1. communicate with the court by email, and

  2. file specified documents by attaching those documents to an email