About us

What we do

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 James Munby President of the Family Division, chairman and ex officio n/a
The Right Honourable Lord Justice McFarlane Court of Appeal Judge 22 February 2019
The Honourable Mrs Justice Theis High Court Judge 21 January 2017
Her Honour Judge Alison Raeside Circuit Judge 4 December 2017
District Judge Chris Darbyshire District Judge (County Court) 31 July 2017
District Judge Paul Carr District Judge (Magistrates’ Court) 31 July 2017
Marie Brock JP Lay magistrate 2 November 2017
Richard Burton Justices’ Clerk 15 March 2018
William Tyler QC Barrister 2 November 2017
Michael Horton Barrister 2 November 2017
Hannah Perry Solicitor 2 November 2017
Dylan Jones Solicitor 2 November 2017
Melanie Carew Children and Family Court Advisory Support Service 30 November 2017
Jane Harris Lay member 2 November 2017

Minutes

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

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)

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