- Amendments to Family Procedure Rules 2010 Practice Directions
- What are the changes to existing Practice Directions?
- What new Practice Directions are inserted?
Family analysis: The office of the President of the Family Division has announced various amendments to Family Procedure Rules 2010 (FPR 2010) Practice Directions, largely to extend the expiry date of existing pilot schemes, but also amending FPR 2010, PD 41A (Proceeding by Electronic Means: Certain Proceedings for a Matrimonial Order) to make provision for cases where the respondent or co-respondent files a paper acknowledgement of service. In addition, two new Practice Directions are inserted, FPR 2010, PD 36S (Announcements in Open Court: Suspension of Certain Requirements), primarily in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis which has significantly limited the opportunities for open court announcements to be made in proceedings under Part IV of the Family Law Act 1996, and FPR 2010, PD 36T (Pilot Provision: Proceeding by Electronic Means: Procedure for an Application for a Consent Order for a Financial Remedy in Connection with Divorce Proceedings), which makes the use of the online system for filing an application for a financial consent order mandatory where the applicant is legally represented.
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