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FPR Practice Direction 36G: Pilot Scheme, Procedure for Using an Online System to Generate Applications in Certain Private Law Proceedings Relating to Children
Date:29 MAR 2018
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The FPR Committee has issued a new Family Procedure Rules Practice Direction 36G (Pilot Scheme, Procedure for Using an Online System to Generate Applications in Certain Private Law Proceedings Relating to Children)


The Practice Direction sets up a Pilot Scheme to allow for certain applications to be filled in via an online process. It applies to applications where all of the following conditions are met:
  1. the application is for an order under section 8 of the Children Act 1989 (‘section 8 orders’);
  2. access to the online system for making such applications is permitted;
  3. the application is started in the Family Court; and
  4. the application is filed in the period commencing 26 March 2018 and ending 28 January 2019.
The purpose of the Pilot Scheme is to assess the use of new practices and procedures to allow for certain applications for section 8 orders to be generated via the online system. For the purposes of the Pilot Scheme, once the application has been generated the applicant will need to save or print that application, which will then need to be filed at court in accordance with the procedure currently provided for in the FPR and Practice Directions.

It is intended that future Practice Directions will establish other Pilot Schemes that will allow for later stages in applications for section 8 orders to be completed via the online system, for example making the application online.

Click here to view FPR PD36G.
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