The Private Law Working Group has produced draft Guidance on Continuity and Deployment (Private Law) and has invited comments. The Guidance applies to all private law proceedings under Part II of the Children Act 1989 heard in the Family Proceedings Court and the county court until further guidance is issued& when the legislation for the Single Family Court is commenced in 2014.
Deployment is a judicial function that includes the patterning of judges and magistrates, the management of the workload of the court, allocation and listing. The purpose of the Guidance is to ensure that family proceedings are accorded the appropriate level of priority in their listing and that they are case managed and heard by judges, magistrates and legal advisers who provide continuity of the conduct of the proceedings.
The President of the Family Division would welcome and value all comments from anyone with an involvement or interest in the family justice system on these proposals. Comments should be sent to Nicola Massally (Nicola.firstname.lastname@example.org) and Joanna Wilkinson (Joanna.email@example.com
Comments should be sent by 6 January 2014.
The Private Law Working Group was set up by the President of the Family Division in August 2013 under the chairmanship of Mr Justice Cobb. Its report, which has just been released, recommends the replacement of the Private Law Programme with an entirely new Child Arrangements Programme. The Working Group has prepared further draft documents and also approved an expectation document prepared by Cafcass.