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Family Justice Council publishes new interim guidance for cases involving allegations of alienating behaviours requiring the instruction of experts.

The Family Justice Council has published interim guidance relating to the instruction and evidence-giving of experts in cases involving allegations of alienating behaviours. In particular, the interim guidance focuses on conflicts of interest that can arise for experts in such cases both during the expert's initial instruction and further involvement in the proceedings.

The Family Justice Council particularly recommended that courts be 'extremely cautious' when asked to consider assessment and treatment packages offered by the same or linked providers. Outside of the family court arena it would be common practice for there to be a differentiation between an assessor and the practitioner who ultimately delivers an intervention.

The Family Justice Council's full guidance note addressing proceedings involving allegations of alienating behaviours will be published in 2023.

For the interim guidance, click here.

Julia Queen, Barrister, Coram Chambers