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The Family Procedure Rules 2010 have consolidated the pre-existing rules applicable to family courts and with particular reference to the Family Proceedings Courts have brought about a number of changes of substance. Of these changes guidance has been sought in relation to three matters -
The following guidance notes are intended to assist Magistrates and Legal Advisers in the Family Proceedings courts when considering these matters in the Family Proceedings Courts. It is accepted that different considerations may apply when a District Judge (Magistrates' Courts) is adjudicating in these courts.
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