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New pilot Practice Direction 36W: communicating forced marriage and FGM protection orders to the police

Pilot Practice Direction 36W brings in a new provision for communicating forced marriage and female genital mutilation protection orders to the police. It came into force on 26 April 2021.

It replaces previous Practice Direction 36H to bring in new provision for communicating Forced Marriage and Female Genital Mutilation Protection Orders (FMPOs and FGMPOs) to the police.

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When an email is received at the centralised email address, an automated system will forward the FGMPO or FMPO (or the notification of service/ the respondent having been made aware of the terms of the order) to the local and regional police lead for the address of the person to be protected by the FGMPO or FMPO. If the court has directed that the local and regional police lead for the address of the respondent to the FGMPO or FMPO also be notified, then the automated system will do so.

This process applies only where the address of the applicant (or the respondent, where applicable) is in England and Wales. Further guidance is available, and applicants can obtain the template for notification of service of an order from court staff.

For Pilot Practice Direction 36W, click here.