"Indispensable ... the single book that every family practitioner and every family judge must have" Sir James Munby
The Family Court Practice (the Red Book), covers the entire range of family business and contains all the essential materials you need to practice in the Family Court.
The new edition will be fully updated to include the latest case-law, full coverage of new and amended legislation, Practice Directions and guidance. It will also contain fully and expertly annotated statutes and rules together with scores of unique step-by-step procedural guides, which direct you effortlessly to the relevant rules and annotation.*Please note that there is an additional cost for non-UK mainland p&p.
Table of Statutes
Table of Statutory Instruments
Table of Cases
Table of Practice Directions
Table of CPR, FPR and Supreme Court Practice Directions
Part I: Procedural Guides
Detailed guidance covering the following areas:
- Applications for Relief Other Than Divorce;
- Application for Matrimonial and Civil Partnership Proceedings and Related Orders;
- Enforcement of Orders;
- Judicial Reviews and Appeals;
Part II: Statutes
Pertinent provisions of all relevant statutes, reproduced in amended form and annotated by the expert team of contributors.
Part III: Procedure Rules
The full text of the Family Procedure Rules 2010 and practice directions, plus relevant provisions and practice directions from the Civil Procedure Rules 1998 and the Supreme Court Rules 2009. All provisions are reproduced as amended, along with detailed explanation and guidance.
Part IV: Statutory Instruments
Pertinent provisions of all relevant SIs appear in amended form, with commentary from the expert team of contributors.
Part V: Practice Guidance
Relevant practice guidance for family law practitioners.
Part VI: European Material
Coverage of significant European Regulations and Conventions, all fully annotated.
Part VII: Welsh Materials (Autumn Supplement and Online only)
Essential materials relating to children law in Wales.
Summary of Fees
"May I voice, I am sure on behalf of all of us, my appreciation and thanks for the enormous effort that everyone involved with The Red Book put into the preparation of the 2014 edition. Sir James Munby,
The Red Book is indispensable. It is the single book that every family practitioner and every family judge must have. Where would we be without it?
The sheer scale of the reforms that came into effect on 22 April 2014 – how many pages of the 2013 Red Book were left unscathed? – imposed immense challenges on the publishers, the editors and everyone else involved in the process of producing the 2014 edition. It was vital that the new edition should contain the ‘new’ law, not the old, and that it should be available as soon as possible after 22 April 2014, but the final pieces of the statutory jigsaw were still being put in place in March and the resulting delays meant that the usual publishing schedule had to be pushed back. The editors and contributors worked heroically to finalise the text as soon as possible, Jordan Publishing willingly agreed to re-arrange the publishing schedule, and the production team achieved great feats. The 2014 Red Bookwas available, completely up-to-date, first on-line and very shortly after in print, remarkably soon after 22 April 2014. An astonishing feat! Thank you! ..."
President of the Family Division
Taken from Family Law journal, September, View from the President's Chambers (13).
"... You need -- urgently -- the evergreen, ever authoritative, ever reliable ‘Red Book’ by your side to assist you in your travail ... Its editorial team is truly top drawer ... universally regarded now (throughout its twenty-five year history of annual publication) as ‘the Bible of family law’ ... Definitely the family law advocate’s friend, it is reputed to be found positioned in front of every family law judge in every family law court ...The beauty and utility of the book lies with the detailed and directly useful commentaries which follow the procedural rules and statutes contained in the relevant sections throughout ..."Phillip Taylor MBE and Elizabeth Taylor, Richmond Green Chambers
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"Familiarly known as ‘The Red Book,’ The Family Court Practice, with its annual updates, has remained reassuringly authoritative and reliable since it was first published in 1993 – a time frame in which civil procedure for family work has undergone considerable change. Scarcely a family lawyer or family court judge is ever without it - and it has now entered the realm of the tried and true, having established itself as the definitive reference on family proceedings at every level of court … and it is the book you always see in court ..."Phillip Taylor MBE and Elizabeth Taylor, Richmond Green Chambers
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"The reference work of choice for all practitioners dealing with cases in the single Family Court"Head of Chambers Alex Verdan QC
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"The 2012 edition of The Family Court Practice continues to build on the substantial work undertaken by this publication in 2011, to get up to speed with the fundamental changes brought about by the introduction of the Family Procedure Rules 2010.Mark Harper
The commentary to the new rules has been developed further and is impressively comprehensive. The procedural guides are fully up to date with references to the new Forms, as well as the new Practice Directions and Rules and this section of the book continues to be a useful launch pad for the most common applications. Where there is any deficiency in clarity, this can be traced back to the rules themselves.
Going forward we continue to have high expectations that the 'Red Book' will keep the profession fully briefed on the latest clarifications to the Rules and more generally on the developments within Family law. The Autumn Supplement published in November is a valuable addition to the annual update."
, Withers LLP
"It is not surprising that this book has, over the years, emerged as the standard work of reference in family law and has therefore become an essential acquisition for the family law practitioner"Phillip Taylor MBE and Elizabeth Taylor, Richmond Green Chambers
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"Every year since 1993, 'The Family Court Practice' - the much valued 'Red Book' - has provided what has become the definitive work of reference in family law ... The 2011 edition reflects some quite enormous changes that have taken place since last year's edition. The most important change, with which all family practitioners are familiarizing themselves, is the coming into force in April 2011 of the Family Procedure Rules 2010, which extend to some 273 pages of text ... The fact that this work is published yearly keeps it topical and up to date ... such attributes include its ease of use, compactness, clarity of presentation and the reliabilty of the text ... "Where do I find it in the Red Book?" is, according to Wilson, a commonplace query on the part of the judges and woebetide the practitioner who hasn't brought a copy along.So if you haven't bought this year's particularly important edition, better do it now."Phillip Taylor MBE and Elizabeth Taylor
, Richmond Green Chambers (2013 edition)
"invaluable ... I cannot now imagine being without it"New Law Journal
"the clear market leader ... no serious family lawyer will practise without it ... brilliant! Buy it!"Solicitors Journal
When first published in 1993, The Family Court Practice was new and innovative, designed to meet the need for a definitive work of reference covering the entire range of family proceedings at every level of court. It was hoped then that it might stand alongside The Supreme Court Practice and The County Court Practice as the comprehensive and authoritative guide for practitioners.
Over the ensuing years the hope has become reality and as civil procedure has changed so The Family Court Practice has been updated annually to reflect developments in law and procedure. The work is now universally accepted as a standard book of reference for judges and practitioners throughout the jurisdiction. Congratulations are due to the team of contributors who have achieved so much in just a few years.
The Hon Mrs Justice Bracewell
Nine years ago, when I became Editor-in-Chief of The Family Court Practice, I wrote a Foreword to it. It is time to write another one. The themes are the same – my pride at being associated with something now essential for family practitioners and my admiration for those who combine year after year to create it for them. But the circumstances are different. For this 2017 edition of the book is the 25th edition. It calls for a celebration.
In 1993, the choice of title was prescient, anticipating as it did the creation of the Family Court by 21 years. Bound in the arresting colour which was to precipitate its popular name, it then ran to 1773 pages. This year’s edition, however, has 2982 pages. Much of the book’s success has been achieved by the comprehensive inclusion of the texts of all manner of instruments relating to family law (indeed it seems no longer to have significant competition in that regard) and every year brings a net accretion of such material to which practitioners must have access.
When I compare the first edition with this 25th, there is one remarkable feature: there has been no change in the identity of the General Editor. Anthony Cleary, then a District Judge and now a Circuit Judge, represents the pivot around which the assembly of each year’s edition revolves. Within days of one year’s publication, his work begins on the volume for the following year. He reads the mass of new material generated each week (yes, I accept that there is a real problem about the length of our family judgments) and he reaches a provisional decision as to whether, and if so where and to what extent, it should be accommodated in the book. He invites the relevant contributor to address it accordingly; appraises the response; and of course carries the burden of ultimate responsibility for the book’s treatment of it. His contribution has been … just brilliant.
Anthony’s introduction to the first edition intriguingly highlights the longevity of the book. He there referred to two challenges. First, the ‘considerable’ challenge presented by the Child Support Act 1991. That was to put it mildly. Secondly, the fact that Lord Mackay, then the Lord Chancellor, ‘has challenged the profession to consider mediation as a route to the resolution of disputes’. There we see the first articulation of an idea (do I detect some circumspection in Anthony’s reference to it?) which has developed into a mainstream feature of the system. In this year’s Introduction, by contrast, the challenges are very different (and, I am sure, more intractable): underfunded children’s services; a mass of self-represented parties; overcrowded court lists; and demoralised judges.
The praise for the Red Book consistently given by Sir James Munby, President of the Family Division, has been of profound value to all of us who are associated with it. In his address to the Family Law Bar Association at its dinner last year, he described it as ‘a remarkable monument of legal publishing’. But his reference to it was in the context of a visionary presentation of a future digital family court where the necessary forms and rules, all much simplified, would be embedded in its software; and in which applications would be not only issued online but mostly determined online by video link or even just in writing. At that point, the President’s vision became apocalyptic and he foresaw a day when this, our monument of legal publishing, would be ‘fit only for the bonfire’. One day the President’s prophecy may come true. But I would respectfully urge our readers to try to resist the temptation to fling their Red Books onto a fire quite yet.
Justice of the Supreme Court February 2017
Editor-in-Chief: The Rt Hon Lord Wilson of Culworth
General Editor: His Honour Judge Anthony Cleary
Consulting Editor: The Rt Hon Lady Black of Derwent
District Judge Michael Anson, Preston Combined Court Centre and Nominated Judge of the Court of Protection
David Burrows BA, Solicitor Advocate
Andrew Commins, MA, LLM, Barrister, St John’s Chambers
Ruth Henke QC
Neil Hickman, Former District Judge
Robert Hill, Recorder. Former District Judge and Regional Costs Judge, North Eastern Circuit
Elizabeth Isaacs QC, Deputy High Court Judge
The Hon Mr Justice Keehan
The Hon Mr Justice MacDonald
The Rt Hon Lord Justice McFarlane
Her Honour Nasreen Pearce
David Salter MA, LLM, Solicitor. Recorder and Deputy High Court Judge
Maggie Silver, BA, Solicitor, Family Legal Team Manager, East London Family Court
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(main work) and the Autumn Supplement will be sent to you, upon publication, to keep you reliably updated on the latest developments.
The Supplement includes amended Welsh legislation in relation to children in need and looked-after children, plus expanded and updated commentary to guide you through the differences in law and procedure between England and Wales. This is a vital resource for practitioners covering children cases with a Welsh element and the materials will also appear in The Family Court Practice Online
, along with the relevant Codes of Practice.
2017 Autumn Supplement (and Welsh Materials)
The Autumn Supplement updates the 2017 edition of The Family Court Practice with all the latest relevant legislation, case-law and guidance, plus revised commentary.
The Supplement includes the new FPR 2010, Pt 3A (plus PD3AA), which deals with the participation of vulnerable persons in proceedings and giving evidence. It places a duty upon the court to consider the vulnerability of a party or witness and to consider how they might participate in the court proceedings or give evidence.
Also included is the revised FPR PD12J – Child Arrangements and Contact Orders: Domestic Abuse and Harm, which provides a broader definition of ‘domestic abuse’ as opposed to ‘domestic violence’ and makes mandatory requirements for a number of matters to be included in court orders.
The Supplement also brings you the latest case reports, including Owens v Owens  EWCA Civ 182 on the issue of no-fault divorce, and Armes v Nottinghamshire County Council  UKSC 60 where the Supreme Court held the local authority vicariously liable for physical and sexual abuse suffered by the claimant while in two different foster placements during the 1980s.
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What’s new for 2018
- The latest amendments to the FPR, including:
- the updated PD3A (Family Mediation Information and Assessment Meetings (MIAMS));
- the new Pt 3A (Vulnerable Persons: Participation in Proceedings and Giving Evidence) and PD3AA; and
- the revised PD12J (Child Arrangements and Contact Order: Domestic Abuse and Harm).
- The latest updates to the CPR
- Recent guidance on:
- Standard Financial and Enforcement Orders; and
- Judicial Cooperation with Serious Case Reviews.
- The latest case-law, including:
- Re H (A Child) (Surrogacy Breakdown)  EWCA Civ 1798;
- Yates and Anor v Great Ormond Street Hospital For Children NHS Foundation Trust and Anor  EWCA Civ 410,  2 FLR 739; and
- Sharp v Sharp  EWCA Civ 408,  2 FLR 1095.
- New and expanded commentary on:
- applications for a financial remedy;
- domestic abuse, taking account of the revised FPR PD12J;
- procedure for miscellaneous applications;
- the national roll-out of administratively de-linking financial proceedings from divorce;
- standard draft orders and the associated new Practice Guidance;
- new Forms A (notice of intention to proceed with an application for a financial order), A1 (notice of intention to proceed with an application for a financial remedy) and B (notice of an application to consider the financial position of the respondent);
- vulnerable persons, including expanded notes on detention of a child or vulnerable adult;
- storage of embryos;
- foreign orders and significant delay, plus applications for permission to apply for a financial remedy after overseas proceedings;
- parallel petitions for divorce;
- adding or removing parties;
- withholding inspection or disclosure of documents;
- power of the court to control evidence;
- the new Business and Property Courts; and
- the Children and Social Work Act 2017.
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