A new Part 3A to the Family Procedure Rules 2010 has been published, which comes into force on 27 November 2017. It makes provision in relation to vulnerable persons (parties and witnesses), including protected parties, in family proceedings.
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It is the duty of the court (under FPR 2010, rr 1.1(2), 1.2 and 1.4 and Part 3A) and of all parties to the proceedings (under r 1.3) to identify any party or witness who is a vulnerable person at the earliest possible stage of any family proceedings.