About us

The Family Procedure Rule Committee (FPRC) makes rules of court that govern the practice and procedure followed in family proceedings in the High Court and family court.

Our responsibilities

We make clear, easily understandable rules to create an accessible, fair and efficient family justice system.

Membership

We have 14 appointed members and a chairman, and there is 1 vacancy at present.

Membership is set out in section 77 of the Courts Act 2003. All non-judicial members of the committee are appointed under the terms of the Office of the Commission for Public Appointments’ code of practice.

Name Position Term of office ends
The Right Honourable Sir Andrew McFarlane President of the Family Division, chairman and ex officio n/a
The Right Honourable Lord Justice Jonathan Baker Court of Appeal Judge 3 October 2021
The Honourable Mrs Justice Theis High Court Judge 22 January 2020
Her Honour Judge Alison Raeside Circuit Judge 4 December 2017
District Judge Sally Hickman District Judge (County Court) 31 July 2020
Vacant District Judge (Magistrates’ Court)  
His Honour Judge Harold Godwin Judge of the family court who sits primarily or exclusively in Wales 31 July 2020
District Judge Katherine Suh District Judge of the principal registry of the Family Division or appointed under Section 6 County Courts Act 1984 31 July 2020
Fiona James JP Lay magistrate 1 November 2020
Michael Seath Justices’ Clerk 10 September 2021
William Tyler QC Barrister 30 October 2020
Michael Horton Barrister 2 November 2020
Hannah Perry Solicitor 2 November 2020
Dylan Jones Solicitor 2 November 2020
Melanie Carew Children and Family Court Advisory Support Service 30 November 2020
Vacant Lay member  

Members interests register

Register of member interests 2017 to 2018 (PDF, 518KB, 4 pages)

Register of member interests 2016 to 2017

Minutes

16 July 2018 minutes (PDF, 699KB, 12 pages)

11 June 2018 minutes (PDF, 690KB, 9 pages)

14 May 2018 minutes (PDF, 599KB, 8 pages)

16 April 2018 minutes (PDF, 741KB, 14 pages)

5 March 2018 minutes (PDF, 715KB, 9 pages)

2 February 2018 minutes (PDF, 578KB, 10 pages)

4 December 2017 minutes (PDF, 616KB, 20 pages)

9 October 2017 minutes (PDF, 698KB, 21 pages)

10 July 2017 minutes (PDF, 678KB, 30 pages)

12 June 2017 minutes (PDF, 372KB, 8 pages)

8 May 2017 minutes (PDF, 541KB, 14 pages)

3 April 2017 minutes (PDF, 607KB, 12 pages)

6 March 2017 minutes (PDF, 621KB, 10 pages)

6 February 2017 minutes (PDF, 572KB, 22 pages)

5 December 2016 minutes (PDF, 510KB, 11 pages)

7 November 2016 minutes (PDF, 489KB, 12 pages)

10 October 2016 minutes (PDF, 492KB, 17 pages)

12 September 2016 minutes (PDF, 635KB, 19 pages)

13 June 2016 minutes (PDF, 572KB, 12 pages)

16 May 2016 minutes (PDF, 505KB, 27 pages)

11 April 2016 minutes (PDF, 381KB, 15 pages)

7 March 2016 minutes (PDF, 273KB, 15 pages)

1 February 2016 minutes (PDF, 271KB, 15 pages)

Agendas

16 July 2018 agenda (PDF, 384KB, 2 pages)

11 June 2018 agenda (PDF, 376KB, 2 pages)

14 May 2018 agenda (PDF, 438KB, 2 pages)

16 April 2018 agenda (PDF, 645KB, 2 pages)

5 March 2018 agenda (PDF, 431KB, 1 page)

2 February 2018 Agenda (PDF, 393KB, 1 page)

4 December 2017 agenda (PDF, 395KB, 1 page)

9 October 2017 agenda (PDF, 382KB, 1 page)

10 July 2017 agenda (PDF, 357KB, 2 pages)

12 June 2017 agenda (PDF, 241KB, 1 page)

8 May 2017 agenda (PDF, 350KB, 1 page)

3 April 2017 agenda (PDF, 353KB, 1 page)

6 March 2017 agenda (PDF, 354KB, 1 page)

6 February 2017 agenda (PDF, 251KB, 1 page)

5 December 2016 agenda (PDF, 246KB, 1 page)

7 November 2016 agenda (PDF, 249KB, 1 page)

10 October 2016 agenda (PDF, 252KB, 1 page)

12 September 2016 agenda (PDF, 255KB, 1 page)

13 June 2016 agenda (PDF, 316KB, 1 page)

16 May 2016 agenda (PDF, 220KB, 1 page)

11 April 2016 agenda (PDF, 308KB, 1 page)

7 March 2016 agenda (PDF, 296KB, 1 page)

1 February 2016 agenda (PDF, 313KB, 1 page)