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Family Procedure Rules amendments provide for filing documents by email

The Family Procedure (Amendment No 3) Rules 2015, which come into force on the 7th December 2015 (apart from r 3 relating to authorised mediators which comes into force on the 1st January 2016), provide for emailing applications and other documents in certain family proceedings and make minor changes to existing rules for service by email and inspection of documents held by the court.

New Practice Direction 5B will include provision specifying the circumstances in which documents may be emailed, restrictions in certain cases on size and length of e-mails and provision for authorisation of payment.

Email guidance published by the Ministry of Justice can be found here.