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Courts Act 2003

Family Procedure Rules and Directions

170.The Auld Review did not address directly the potential implications for the family jurisdiction of any reorganisation of the criminal courts. However, it is inevitable that any alterations to the criminal jurisdiction will impact on the family jurisdiction as the administration, judiciary, court staff and estate are closely inter-related. Relevant proposals were included in the White Paper.

171.These sections closely mirror the changes that are being proposed in relation to both criminal and civil rules of court. The aim of the sections is to ensure that there is clarity and consistency of approach, and common standards, across the whole of the family jurisdiction.

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