Single family Court The Crime and Courts Act 2013 (Family Court: Consequential Provision) Order 2014

The Crime and Courts Act 2013 (Family Court: Consequential Provision) Order (SI 2014/605) (the Order) was made on 12 March 2014. It amends primary legislation to reflect the establishment of the family court in England and Wales under section 17(3) of the Crime and Courts Act 2013. It is one of a number of statutory instruments required to set up the family court and comes into force on the date the family court begins, which is expected to be 22 April 2013.

Magistrates’ courts and county courts will no longer have jurisdiction to deal with family proceedings when the new family court begins. Family proceedings will instead be dealt with in the family court, with a limited number of matters reserved to the High Court. The Order mainly replaces references in primary legislation to magistrates’ court and county court with references to the family court. For example, article 5 of the Order amends the Attachment of Earnings Act 1971 to refer to the family court, which will deal with attachment of earnings orders for payments due under maintenance orders, rather than the magistrates’ court.

Source: Legislation.gov: Crime and Courts Act 2013 (Family Court: Consequential Provision) Order 2014.

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