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Consultation on interim proposals for reform of children cases in the Family Law Court, 03/07/2019 [W/E]

09.09.19

The Family Division of the Courts and Tribunals Judiciary has announced a consultation to examine proposals to reform children cases in the Family Law Court.

The reform has been prompted by the rise in the number of public and private children cases in the Family Law Court, which has made meeting the statutory deadline for children cases difficult to meet. “Delays in decision making”, a note from the President of the Division, Sir Andrew McFarlane, reads, “is likely to be contrary to a child’s best interests.”

The reform is aimed at either reducing the number of children cases, to enable the courts to deal with them more justly and efficiently or both.

The consultation is in two strands – one for private law and another for public law. You find out more about the proposed reforms on the Courts and Tribunals Judiciary website, and respond to the public law survey here.

The deadline for responses is 30 September 2019.