Thérèse Coffey – 2014 Parliamentary Question to the Ministry of Justice

The below Parliamentary question was asked by Thérèse Coffey on 2014-06-25.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will make it his policy that civil partnerships can be dissolved at any county court.

Mr Shailesh Vara

As of 22nd April 2014, the County Court no longer has the jurisdiction to consider divorce or civil partnership dissolution applications. These are now considered by the Family Court.

Hearings in divorce and civil partnership dissolution cases are rare, but from April 2015 if a hearing is required then it can be accommodated at any Family Court venue with the appropriate judicial expertise.