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Consultation: Children Cases in the Family Court – Interim Proposals for Reform

Closing date for responses: 30 September 2019

The President of the Family Division has launched a public and private law consultation.

In Autumn 2018 the President of the Family Division invited Mr Justice Keehan (public law) and Mr Justice Cobb (private law), to lead two cross-professional Working Groups, to look at practices and processes in these two areas. The Interim Reports of both these Working Groups are now available and open for consultation.

In a note issued with the reports, the President states that the focus of the reports is firmly upon professional processes and procedure across the system. The scope of these two projects does not extend to reform or amendment of the substantive law; rather, it is aimed at improving the ability of the system, and those who work within it, to apply the existing law as it relates to children.

The consultation period will close on 30 September 2019. The timetable after the end of September is for the results of the consultation process to be collated and considered by each Working Group before final recommendations may be published during December.

For the reports, a note from the President and information as to how to respond to the consultation, click here.

3/7/19