Family Procedure Rules Amendments come into force on 10th December 2018

On 10th December 2018 the Family Procedure (Amendment No 2) Rules 2018 come into effect. The amendments are made to Family Procedure Rules 2010, SI 2010/2955 (the Rules), which consist of forty Parts and are accompanied by Practice Directions. The Rules set out the procedure and practice with regard to family proceedings in the family courts and High Court in England and Wales.

The amendments made to the Rules include:

  • That appeals heard in the High Court can be heard in public by court order, with the court permitted to order reporting restrictions in appropriate cases, in particular to avoid the identification of any person including children (Part 30 amended by Rule 6);
  • Recognition that the Welsh language has official status in Wales and any person who wishes to use the Welsh language in legal proceedings in Wales is permitted to do so. The amendment permits the rules to incorporate the principles concerning use of the Welsh language established in the Welsh Language (Wales) Measure 2011 and the Welsh Language Act 1993, into rules of court (new Rule 1.5 and Welsh documents – new Rule 5.6); and
  • To define proceedings in another jurisdiction and make provision for the circumstances in which proceedings in another jurisdiction will be continuing for the purposes of that Part (Part 7 amended by Rule 5).

For full details please see the link below:

http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2018/1172/contents/made

Deborah Piccos

Vice Chair SAHCA

TV Edwards LLP

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