Accompanying the new Rules to come into effect on 1 December 2017 (assuming Parliamentary approval), a new suite of Practice Directions will also be brought into force. A table is set out below, and the PDs can all be foundhere
For the most part, the substance of the Practice Directions is the same as that contained in the existing ones, although recast to reflect the renumbering in the Rules. Important points to note are:
1. Practice Direction 3B, consolidating into the practice of the Court the case management pilot approach to case pathways
2. Practice Direction 4C, consolidating the transparency pilot into the practice of the Court
3. Practice Direction 17C, consolidating the s.17 pilot approach
4. Practice Direction 24C, providing for transition arrangements in the following terms
Applications received after commencement
2. If an application under the Previous Rules or the pilot Practice Directions is received at the court on or after commencement [i.e. 1 December], it will be returned.
3. However, an application made under the Rules using the version of the relevant form which was current immediately before commencement will be accepted until close of business on 12 January 2018, or such later date as the Senior Judge may direct.
Applications received before commencement
4. The general presumption will be that any step in proceedings which were started (in accordance with rule 62 of the Previous Rules) before commencement which is to be taken on or after commencement is to be taken under the Rules.
(Rule 62 of the Previous Rules provides that proceedings are started when the court issues an application form at the request of the applicant.)
5. However, the general presumption is subject to any directions given by the court, which may at any time direct how the Rules are to apply to the proceedings.
6. Any step already taken in the proceedings before commencement in accordance with the Previous Rules or the pilot Practice Directions will remain valid on or after commencement.
Orders made before commencement
7. Where a court order has been made before commencement under the Previous Rules or the pilot Practice Directions, the order must still be complied with on or after commencement.
Finally, it should be noted that Practice Direction 9E, concerning serious medical treatment, is not carried over into these new provisions, so that it will fall away on 1 December 2017. At time of writing no replacement has been proposed.
Practice Direction 1A – Participation of P Practice Direction 2A – Levels of judiciary Practice Direction 2B – Authorised court officers Practice Direction 2C – Application of the Civil Procedure Rules 1998 and the Family Procedure Rules 2010 Practice Direction 3A – Court’s jurisdiction to be exercised by certain judges Practice Direction 3B – Case pathways Practice Direction 4A – Hearings (including reporting restrictions) Practice Direction 4B – Court bundles Practice Direction 4C – Transparency Practice Direction 5A – Court documents Practice Direction 5B – Statements of truth Practice Direction 6A – Service of documents Practice Direction 6B – Service out of the jurisdiction Practice Direction 7A – Notifying P Practice Direction 8A – Permission Practice Direction 9A – The application form Practice Direction 9B – Notification of other persons that an application form has been issued Practice Direction 9C – Responding to an application Practice Direction 9D – Applications by currently appointed deputies, attorneys and donees in relation to P’s property and affairs Practice Direction 9E – Applications relating to statutory wills, codicils, settlements and other dealings with P’s property Practice Direction 9F – Applications to appoint or discharge a trustee Practice Direction 9G – Applications relating to the registration of enduring powers of attorney Practice Direction 10A – Applications within proceedings Practice Direction 10B – Urgent and interim applications Practice Direction 11A – Deprivation of liberty applications Practice Direction 12A – Human Rights Act 1998 Practice Direction 13A – Procedure for disputing the court’s jurisdiction Practice Direction 14A – Written evidence Practice Direction 14B – Depositions Practice Direction 14C – Fees for examiners of the court Practice Direction 14D – Witness summons Practice Direction 14E – Section 49 reports Practice Direction 15A – Expert evidence Practice Direction 17A – Litigation friend Practice Direction 17B – Rule 1.2 representatives Practice Direction 18A – Change of solicitor Practice Direction 19A – Costs Practice Direction 19B – Fixed costs in the Court of Protection Practice Direction 20A – Appeals Practice Direction 20B – Allocation of appeals Practice Direction 21A – Contempt of court Practice Direction 22A – Civil restraint orders Practice Direction 23A – International protection of adults Practice Direction 24A – Request for directions where notice of objection prevents Public Guardian from registering enduring power of attorney Practice Direction 24B – Where P ceases to lack capacity or dies Practice Direction 24C – Transitional provisions