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Revised Public Law Outline published

Pilot to run until April 2014

The President of the Family Division has published a new practice direction 36C, which introduces a revised Public Law Outline as a pilot which will run until 1st April 2014.

The commencement of the revised Public Law Outline will be phased and will be determined for each area by its local court. Commencement will be on one of four dates: 

On the relevant date for the particular court, the revised Public Law Outline will operate on all public law family proceedings being undertaken in that court. Such proceedings include applications for care orders, supervision orders, variations of supervision orders, contact with a child in care, change of a child's surname whilst they are in care and the little used education supervision orders.

The purpose of the revised Public Law Outline is to move such cases towards a much debated resolution within 26 weeks, in accordance with both the recommendations of the Family Justice Review and the Children and Families Bill.

An article by Andrew Pack, solicitor, Brighton and Hove City Council, analysing the changes made by the revised PLO will be published on Family Law Week within the course of this week.

To read Practice Direction 36C, please click here. To read the Revised Public Law Outline, please click here.