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Family Procedure (Amendment No. 2) Rules 2018 (SI No. 1172)

Covers various matters including use of Welsh language in proceedings, jurisdiction under DMPA 1973 and powers to make hearings public. In force from 10th December 2018

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    Rules 3 and 4 insert new rules 1.5 and 5.6 respectively. These rules make provision to support the principles (set out in the Welsh Language (Wales) Measure 2011 and the Welsh Language Act 1993 respectively) that the Welsh language has official status in Wales and that in any legal proceedings in Wales the Welsh language may be used by any person who desires to use it. The new rules are similar to new rules inserted into the Civil Procedure Rules 1998 (SI 1998/3132) by the Civil Procedure (Amendment No. 3) Rules 2018 (SI 2018/975).

    Rule 5 amends the FPR 2010 to prescribe, for the purpose of paragraph 5 of Schedule 1 to the Domicile and Matrimonial Proceedings Act 1973, what types of proceedings will constitute proceedings in another jurisdiction and make provision for the circumstances in which proceedings in another jurisdiction will be continuing.

    Rule 6 inserts a new rule 30.12A, enabling hearings of appeals which would otherwise be in private to be in public if the appeal court so orders, with power for the court to impose restrictions on publication of information relating to the proceedings if appropriate.

    • Made: 8th November 2018
    • Laid before Parliament: 12th November 2018
    • Coming into force: 10th December 2018

SI, published: 15/11/2018


Published: 15/11/2018


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