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President’s Guidance on the International Child Abduction and Contact Unit published on judiciary website

Information about the ICACU and its role also published

The President's Guidance on the International Child Abduction and Contact Unit has been published on the Courts and Tribunals judiciary website. It is here.

The President notes that an increasing number of children cases have an international element and that courts often require information from other jurisdictions before being able to proceed. Since it is not always easy to know how to obtain this information. the International Child Abduction and Contact Unit (ICACU) has provided a guide which will help practitioners follow the correct route to obtain information to help the court when necessary. It has been approved by Lady Justice Black and the Senior Master.

As the Guidance says, practitioners will also need to be alive to Chapter VI of Part 12 of the Family Procedure Rules 2010 as amended, and to the Parental Responsibility and Measures for the Protection of Children (International Obligations) (England and Wales and Northern Ireland) Regulations 2010.

A further document, accessible from the same webpage, offers practitioners general information about the ICACU and its role.

20/11/14