- Full coverage of the Family Procedure Rules 2010 and the new Practice Directions, with detailed explanation and guidance
- Substantial updates to legislation and commentary to reflect changes under the new Family Procedure Rules
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Like the Civil Procedure Rules, they are supplemented by dedicated Practice Directions and forms (yet to be published), establishing a comprehensive modernised code of family procedure replacing a large body of unconsolidated rules, guidance and forms for different courts and different types of proceedings.
The aim of the Family Procedure Rule Committee has been to follow the example set by the Civil Procedure Rules 1998 and produce one set of simple and simply expressed rules of court for all family proceedings. A significant first tranche of these rules, the Family Procedure (Adoption) Rules, was made in October 2005, and much of the modernising approach of that first tranche has been carried through for the fully consolidated Family Procedure Rules. In addition, full public consultation has been carried out on the policy underlying the Family Procedure Rules, and on the draft text of the Rules themselves.
The four key objectives that the Rules aim to achieve are: the modernisation of language; streamlining of procedure and harmonisation with the Civil Procedure Rules; a single unified code of practice, and; alignment in all levels of court.
The Rules will come into force on 6 April 2011.