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President’s Guidance issued for international family law cases

Guidance addresses administrative/procedural aspects of transfers of proceedings under Article 15 of Brussels IIa

The President of the Family Division has released the following information/guidance on the subject of International Family Law:

  1. President's Guidance on Liaison between Courts in England and Wales and British Embassies and High Commissions abroad. To access it, click here
  2. Guidance provided to the judiciary in relation to the administrative/procedural aspects of transfers of proceedings under Article 15 of Brussels IIa and Articles 8 and/or 9 of the 1996 Hague Convention. HMCTS staff have also been given guidance to assist them regarding the processes, and it has been agreed that the new registers will come into effect on Monday 16th May. To access it, click here
  3. A note of answers to frequently asked questions (FAQ) raised through the President's Office and other agencies at a MoJ led cross-government workshop on practical issues arising in family cases with an international aspect. The introduction to the note explains limitations to its use. To access it, click here

The FAQ is one of the resources provided on the recently launched Knowledge Hub which the President encourages local authorities to use in preparation for public law proceedings in advance of court hearings: is designed to enable local authorities to exchange information about and experience of dealing with international family cases; the Hub also has a library facility, which includes leading cases, Frequently Asked Questions and links to guidance issued by government and the President of the Family Division. The Group is called Local Authority Forum for International Family Casework. Local authorities have been provided with joining instructions and Sir David Norgrove has asked the Local Family Justice Boards to promote information about the Knowledge Hub, so it is to be hoped that practitioners will be aware of and make use of it.