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77Family Procedure Rule CommitteeE+W

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(1)The Family Procedure Rule Committee is to consist of—

(a)the President of the Family Division, and

[F1(b)the persons currently appointed in accordance with subsections (1A) and (1B).]

[F2(1A)The Lord Chief Justice must appoint the persons falling within paragraphs (a) to (f) of subsection (2).

(1B)The Lord Chancellor must appoint the persons falling within paragraphs (g) to (o) of subsection (2).]

(2)[F3The persons to be appointed in accordance with subsections (1A) and (1B) are]

(a)two judges of the [F4Senior Courts], at least one of whom must be a puisne judge attached to the Family Division,

(b)one Circuit judge,

[F5(ba)one judge of the family court who sits exclusively or primarily in Wales,]

[F6(c)one person who is either a district judge of the principal registry of the Family Division or a district judge appointed under section 6 of the County Courts Act 1984,]

(d)one district judge appointed under section 6 of the County Courts Act 1984 (c. 28),

(e)one District Judge (Magistrates' Courts),

(f)one lay justice,

(g)one justices' clerk,

(h)one person who has—

(i)a [F4Senior Courts] qualification, and

(ii)particular experience of family practice in the High Court,

F7(i). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

(j)one person who has—

(i)a [F4Senior Courts] qualification, and

(ii)particular experience of family practice in [F8the family court],

(k)one person who—

(i)has been [F9authorised by a relevant approved regulator] to conduct litigation in relation to all proceedings in the [F4Senior Courts], and

(ii)has particular experience of family practice in the High Court,

F10(l). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

(m)one person who—

(i)has been so [F11authorised], and

(ii)has particular experience of family practice in [F12the family court],

(n)one person nominated by CAFCASS, F13...

[F14(na)one person nominated by the Welsh Ministers to represent the interests of Welsh family proceedings officers (within the meaning given by section 35(4) of the Children Act 2004), and]

(o)one person with experience in and knowledge of the lay advice sector or the system of justice in relation to family proceedings.

(3)Before appointing a person [F15in accordance with subsection (1A), the Lord Chief Justice must consult the Lord Chancellor and] the President of the Family Division.

(4)F16. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

(5)Before appointing a person [F17in accordance with subsection (1B), the Lord Chancellor must consult the Lord Chief Justice and, if the person falls within any of paragraphs (h) to (m) of subsection (2), must also consult] any body which—

(a)has members eligible for appointment under the provision in question, and

[F18(b)is a relevant approved regulator in relation to the exercise of a right of audience or the conduct of litigation (or both).]

(6)The Lord Chancellor may reimburse the members of the Family Procedure Rule Committee their travelling and out-of-pocket expenses.

[F19(7)The Lord Chief Justice may nominate a judicial office holder (as defined in section 109(4) of the Constitutional Reform Act 2005) to exercise his functions under this section.]

[F20(8)In this section “relevant approved regulator” is to be construed in accordance with section 20(3) of the Legal Services Act 2007.]

Textual Amendments

F7S. 77(2)(i) omitted (22.4.2014) by virtue of Crime and Courts Act 2013 (c. 22), s. 61(3), Sch. 10 para. 93(2); S.I. 2014/954, art. 2(d) (with art. 3) (with transitional provisions and savings in S.I. 2014/956, arts. 3-11)

F8Words in s. 77(2)(j) substituted (22.4.2014) by Crime and Courts Act 2013 (c. 22), s. 61(3), Sch. 10 para. 93(3); S.I. 2014/954, art. 2(d) (with art. 3) (with transitional provisions and savings in S.I. 2014/956, arts. 3-11)

F9Words in s. 77(2)(k) substituted (1.1.2010) by Legal Services Act 2007 (c. 29), ss. 208, 211, Sch. 21 para. 144(2)(a) (with ss. 29, 192, 193); S.I. 2009/3250, art. 2(h) (with art. 9)

F10S. 77(2)(l) omitted (22.4.2014) by virtue of Crime and Courts Act 2013 (c. 22), s. 61(3), Sch. 10 para. 93(2); S.I. 2014/954, art. 2(d) (with art. 3) (with transitional provisions and savings in S.I. 2014/956, arts. 3-11)

F11Words in s. 77(2)(l)(m) substituted (1.1.2010) by Legal Services Act 2007 (c. 29), ss. 208, 211, Sch. 21 para. 144(2)(b)(c) (with ss. 29, 192, 193); S.I. 2009/3250, art. 2(h) (with art. 9)

F12Words in s. 77(2)(m) substituted (22.4.2014) by Crime and Courts Act 2013 (c. 22), s. 61(3), Sch. 10 para. 93(3); S.I. 2014/954, art. 2(d) (with art. 3) (with transitional provisions and savings in S.I. 2014/956, arts. 3-11)

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