Family Procedure Rules
[This page was last updated on 30 January 2013]
This update includes amendments to the Family Procedure Rules contained in the Family Procedure (Amendment) (No.5) Rules 2012.
Amendments to the Rules are found in:
Part 1 Overriding Objective
Part 12 Children Proceedings Except Parental Order Proceedings and Proceedings for Applications in Adoption, Placement and Related Proceedings
Part 25 Experts and Assessors
The amendments insert a new Part 25 which alters the duty to restrict expert evidence to one where expert evidence has in the opinion of the court to be necessary to assist the court to resolve the proceedings.
This Update also includes amendments to the following Practice Directions:
PD9A (Applications for a Financial Remedy)
PD12C (Service of Application in Certain Children Proceedings)
PD17A (Statements of Truth)
This Update also inserts the following new Practice Directions:
PD15B (Adults Who May Be Protected Parties and Children Who May Become Protected Parties in Family Proceedings)
PD25A (Experts – Emergencies and Pre Proceedings Instructions)
PD25B (The Duties of an Expert, the Expert’s Report and Arrangements for an Expert to Attend Court)
PD25C (Children Proceedings – The Use of Single Joint Experts and the Process Leading to an Expert Being Instructed or Expert Evidence Being Put Before the Court)
PD25D (Financial Remedy Proceedings and Other Family Proceedings (Except Children proceedings) – the Use of Single Joint Experts and the Process leading to Expert Evidence Being Put Before the Court)
PD25E (Discussions Between Experts in Family Proceedings)
PD25F (Assessors in Family Proceedings)
New PD 15B provides guidance where there may be a need to obtain expert evidence to help determine whether a party may lack capacity to conduct proceedings or may need assistance in order to give evidence.
New PDs 25A to 25F replace the existing PD25A. Splitting the existing Practice Direction into a number of shorter ones is aimed to make the text easier to navigate.
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