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Family Procedure (Amendment) Rules 2018

Amendments take effect from 4 June 2018

The Family Procedure (Amendment) Rules 2018, which come into force on 4 June 2018, are principally concerned with making provision in relation to the "fast-track" and "standard" procedures for resolution of certain applications for a financial remedy. The Amendment Rules also put beyond doubt the fact that the High Court may direct that proceedings may be heard by a Divisional Court of the High Court.

Rule 3 amends the FPR 2010 rule 4.1 (the court's general powers of management) and confirms that the High Court may direct that proceedings may be heard by a Divisional Court of the High Court.

Rule 4 amends the FPR 2010 to insert new defined terms. The amendments made by rule 5 specify to which cases the fast-track procedure applies. Rules 6 and 7 make consequential amendments to two Chapter headings in the FPR 2010. The amendments made by rules 8 and 10 make changes to the timescales for completion of procedural steps in the fast-track procedure. Rule 9 inserts a new rule into the FPR 2010 to make provision in relation to requests for a change of procedure. Rule 11 inserts a new rule in relation to conduct of the first hearing in a case to which the fast-track procedure applies.

Transitional provision is made in rule 12.

For the Amendment Rules, click here. For the 2010 Rules, click here.
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