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17 MAR 2014

The Access to Justice Act 1999 (Destination of Appeals) (Family Proceedings) Order 2014

This Order may be cited as the Access to Justice Act 1999 (Destination of Appeals) (Family Proceedings) Order 2014 and comes into force on the date on which section 17(3) of the Crime and Courts Act 2013 is brought fully into force.

This Order provides for the routes of appeal from decisions of certain types of judges or other office holders sitting in the family court. The effect of the Order is that such appeals will be dealt with in the family court, in accordance with distribution of business rules made by the Lord Chief Justice under section 31D of the Matrimonial and Family Proceedings Act 1984 (c.42), instead of the Court of Appeal as provided by section 31K of the Matrimonial and Family Proceedings Act 1984 or (in so far as appeals against decisions of the family court relating to contempt of court are concerned) section 13(2A) of the Administration of Justice Act 1960 (c.65).

Article 3 revokes or amends provisions of the Access to Justice Act 1999 (Destination of Appeals) (Family Proceedings) Order 2011 (S.I. 2011/1044) in consequence of the establishment of the family court and brings the use of terminology in the 2011 Order in line with this Order.

An impact assessment for this Order is annexed to the Explanatory Memorandum, which is available alongside this Order at www.legislation.gov.uk.

The SI is available to download here.

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