Consultation on draft rules in relation to non-contentious probate business in England and Wales

Closed 29 Aug 2013

Opened 28 Jun 2013


This is a consultation produced by the President of the Family Division’s Working Group detailing the proposed amendments to the Non-Contentious Probate Rules 1987.

The consultation is aimed at those interested in the administration of estates, members of the public and probate practitioners in England and Wales. Views are invited in particular on the updated language and ease of use of the rules and also whether they are appropriate for a modern Probate Service and are “future-proof”, allowing for changes in practice and procedure and in technology without necessarily requiring further changes.

An initial Impact Assessment has been completed and does not indicate that the proposals are likely to lead to additional costs or savings for businesses, charities or the voluntary sector, or the public sector. Consequently, this paper does not contain an Impact Assessment.

We would welcome responses to the questions set out in this consultation paper and any other comments you may have.


  • Citizens
  • Voluntary organisations
  • Local authorities
  • Litigants
  • Charities
  • Legal professionals
  • Judiciary
  • Prosecutors
  • Court & Tribunal staff
  • Legal professional bodies
  • Voluntary organisations


  • Courts
  • Property
  • Public Bodies
  • Law
  • Probate
  • Access to justice
  • Family justice