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The Family Procedure Rules 2010 (FPR 2010), SI 2010/2955, Pt 1 sets out the overriding objective.
The overriding objective is to enable the court to deal with cases justly having regard to any welfare issues involved.
See Practice Note: FPR 2010—overriding objective.
The court must further the overriding objective by actively managing cases. Active case management includes the following thirteen elements:
setting timetables or otherwise controlling the progress of the case
identifying at an early stage
the issues, and
who should be a party to the proceedings
which issues need full investigation and hearing and which do not, and
the procedure to be followed in the case
deciding the order in which issues are to be resolved
controlling the use of expert evidence
encouraging the parties to use a non-court dispute resolution procedure if the court considers that appropriate and facilitating the use of such procedure
helping the parties to settle the whole or part of the case
encouraging the parties to co-operate with each other in the conduct of the proceedings
considering whether the likely benefits of taking a particular step justify the cost of taking it
dealing with as many aspects of the case as it can on the same occasion
dealing with the case without the parties needing to attend at court
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