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The Family Procedure Rules 2010

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The court’s general powers of management

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4.1.—(1) In this Part, “statement of case” means the whole or part of, an application form or answer.

(2) The list of powers in this rule is in addition to any powers given to the court by any other rule or practice direction or by any other enactment or any powers it may otherwise have.

(3) Except where these rules provide otherwise, the court may—

(a)extend or shorten the time for compliance with any rule, practice direction or court order (even if an application for extension is made after the time for compliance has expired);

(b)make such order for disclosure and inspection, including specific disclosure of documents, as it thinks fit;

(c)adjourn or bring forward a hearing;

(d)require a party or a party’s legal representative to attend the court;

(e)hold a hearing and receive evidence by telephone or by using any other method of direct oral communication;

(f)direct that part of any proceedings be dealt with as separate proceedings;

(g)stay(GL) the whole or part of any proceedings or judgment either generally or until a specified date or event;

(h)consolidate proceedings;

(i)hear two or more applications on the same occasion;

(j)direct a separate hearing of any issue;

(k)decide the order in which issues are to be heard;

(l)exclude an issue from consideration;

(m)dismiss or give a decision on an application after a decision on a preliminary issue;

(n)direct any party to file and serve an estimate of costs; and

(o)take any other step or make any other order for the purpose of managing the case and furthering the overriding objective.

(Rule 21.1 explains what is meant by disclosure and inspection.)

(4) When the court makes an order, it may—

(a)make it subject to conditions, including a condition to pay a sum of money into court; and

(b)specify the consequence of failure to comply with the order or a condition.

(5) Where the court gives directions it will take into account whether or not a party has complied with any relevant pre-action protocol(GL).

(6) A power of the court under these rules to make an order includes a power to vary or revoke the order.

(7) Any provision in these rules—

(a)requiring or permitting directions to be given by the court is to be taken as including provision for such directions to be varied or revoked; and

(b)requiring or permitting a date to be set is to be taken as including provision for that date to be changed or cancelled.

(8) The court may not extend the period within which a section 89 order must be made.

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