This Practice Direction supplementing the Family Procedure Rules 2010 is made by the President of the Family Division under the powers delegated to him by the Lord Chief Justice under Schedule 2, Part 1, paragraph 2(2) of the Constitutional Reform Act 2005, and is approved by Lucy Frazer QC MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Justice.
This Practice Direction comes into force on 6 August 2018.
This Practice Direction supplements FPR Part 36, rule 36.2 (Transitional Arrangements and Pilot Schemes).
Scope and interpretation
1.1. This Practice Direction is made under rule 36.2 and sets up a Pilot Scheme to allow for certain applications for a consent order for a financial remedy in connection with matrimonial proceedings to be completed and filed via an HMCTS online application system.
1.2. This Practice Direction comes into force on 6 August 2018.
1.3. The Pilot Scheme applies to applications where each of the following conditions are met:
a) the application is for a financial remedy in connection with matrimonial proceedings to which the standard procedure set out in Chapter IV of Part 9 applies;
b) the application is for a consent order only;
c) the applicant is legally represented;
d) access to the online system for making such applications is permitted;
e) the application is started in the Family Court; and
f) the application is filed in the period commencing 6 August 2018 and ending 5 August 2019.
1.4. In this Practice Direction, “the online system” means HM Courts and Tribunals Service’s online system to allow for specified stages in financial remedy proceedings to be dealt with online.
Purpose of the Pilot Scheme
2.1. The purpose of this Pilot Scheme is to assess the use of new practices and procedures to allow for certain applications for financial remedy in connection with matrimonial proceedings to be completed and filed via an online system.
2.2. It is intended that future Practice Directions will establish other Pilot Schemes which will allow for other specified stages in financial remedy proceedings to take place via the online system.
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