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Ministry of Justice

Procedure rules

Civil, Criminal and Family (adoption) procedure rules and their related practice directions.


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Civil procedure rules

The civil procedure rules make up a procedural code whose overriding aim is to enable the courts to deal with cases justly.

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Criminal procedure rules

The criminal procedure rules give courts explicit powers to actively manage the preparation of criminal cases waiting to be heard, to get rid of unfair and avoidable delays.

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Family procedure (adoption) rules

The family procedure rules will, when fully implemented, be a single set of rules for all family proceedings in the high court, county courts and magistrates courts.