Changes to the Family Procedure Rules

Changes to the Family Procedure Rules 2010 (FPR 2010) will come into effect from October 2021.

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The Family Procedure (Amendment No. 2) Rules 2021 will come into force in October 2021 (except rules 3 to 6).

The statutory instrument makes a few changes to the Family Procedure Rules 2010.

These changes amend:

  • part 3A – which makes provision in relation to vulnerable parties and witnesses as required by section 63 of the Domestic Abuse Act 2021
  • rules 10.3, 10.6 and 10.10 – to clarify that the court may direct a means of service other than personal service for a part 4 Family Law Act 1996 application or order
  • rule 27.11 – to make provision to allow 'legal bloggers' access to specified family proceedings which are usually held in private, in the same way as accredited media representatives can attend such proceedings
  • rule 29.6 – documents relating to gender recognition are to be held in special security by the court

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