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New EU Personal Protection Laws come into force

An EU regulation providing for trans-EU recognition of orders protecting, in particular, the victims of domestic violence comes into force on the 11th January consolidating the recognition of the need for on going support for victims of domestic abuse which don’t necessarily remain jurisdictionally Domestic.

Regulation (EU) No. 606/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council on mutual recognition of protection measures in civil matters (the “Protection Measures Regulation”) will allow protection measures made in the UK to be automatically recognised and enforced in other member states (except Denmark, which is not bound by the Regulation) and for protection measures made in such other member states to be recognised and enforced in the UK.

Protection measures are defined in the Regulation and essentially involve obligations on a person to refrain from contacting or approaching another person. The County Court and the Queen’s Bench Division of the High Court will conduct proceedings under the Regulation. Consequential amendments have been made to the Rule 74.34 of the Civil Procedure Rules and to Part 38 of the Family Procedure Rules (by the Family Procedure (Amendment No 4) Rules 2014).