WED 04/03/2009 - The effect of this Order is that, from 6 April 2009, appeals against decisions of magistrates' courts in family proceedings shall lie to a county court instead of to the High Court.
Articles 2 and 3 and 6 to 9 amend the statutory provisions giving rights of appeal from decisions of magistrates' courts. The amendments provide for the appeals to lie to a county court instead of to the High Court and make consequential changes.
Article 4(2) provides that an application to have a case stated for the opinion of the High Court under section 111 of the Magistrates' Courts Act 1980 may not be made in relation to family proceedings. Family proceedings are defined as-
Articles 4(4), 5 and 10 amend section 112 of the 1980 Act, section 6(3) of the Civil Jurisdiction and Judgments Act 1982 and paragraph 4(3) of Schedule 1 to the Civil Jurisdiction and Judgements Order SI (2001/3929). These amendments are consequential on the new section 111A of the 1980 Act.
Article 11 makes an amendment to article 3 of the Allocation and Transfer of Proceedings Order 2008 (S.I. 2008/2836) so that the principal registry of the Family Division of the High Court is treated as a county court for the purposes of appeals from decisions of a magistrates' court under section 94 of the Children Act 1989 and section 61 of the Family Law Act 1996. This amendment is consequential on the changes to the appeals from decisions of the magistrates' court in family proceedings.
By virtue of articles 12 to 18 of the Order-
This order comes into force on 6 April 2009.