The government has changed the route of appeal open to certain family court rulings.
The Access to Justice Act 1999 (Destination of Appeals) (Family Proceedings) (Amendment) Order 2016 amends earlier legislation with a similarly lengthy name – the Access to Justice Act 1999 (Destination of Appeals) (Family Proceedings) Order 2014.
Under the new rules, appeals from family court rulings overseen by recorders and circuit judges will in most instances now proceed to the High Court rather than to the Court of Appeal.
This will not apply, however, to contempt of court cases or to second appeals.
Speaking in the Houses of Parliament earlier this year, then Minister of State for Justice Lord Faulks said the change was intended to “address the workload of the Court of Appeal”. It had been agreed with “members of the senior judiciary” he explained.
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