SI 2020/1059 – The Non-Contentious Probate (Amendment) Rules 2020
Released 30 September 2020
SI 2020/1059 amends SI 1987/2024 to introduce an overriding objective and to require online applications and permit use of witness statements from 2 November 2020.
The Non-Contentious Probate (Amendment) Rules 2020 amend the Non-Contentious Probate Rules 1987 (SI 1987/2024):
(a)to introduce an overriding objective to the application of the 1987 Rules to enable the court and the registry to deal with non-contentious and common form probate business justly and expeditiously;
(b)to require, with some exceptions, that applications for a grant of probate under the 1987 Rules through solicitors or probate practitioners be made under the online procedure; and
(c)to permit the use of a witness statement in the alternative to an affidavit.
The rules come into force on 2 November 2020.