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02 SEP 2015

PSL Essential Update – Back to School

PSL Essential Update – Back to School

Back to school

Welcome back - it’s time to shrug off the last of those hazy, lazy summer days. Dig out your trusty pencil case, sharpen your pencils: it’s back to school we go!

So, what’s been happening over the summer? The answer is, not much - everyone has been on holiday. It’s a nice short update for you this month.

Back to reality

On 27 August 2015 Research in Practice released reports on the impact of the April 2014 family law reforms on the family justice system. The Department of Education commissionedResearch in Practiceto review the impact of the reforms through investigation with a range of professionals including lawyers, social workers and case managers.

The reports and an at-a-glance summary of their contents can be found here.

Back to consulting (about everything)

Another month, another consultation paper. In our last update we told you about the consultation on the closure of 91 courts and tribunals . This month it is the turn of the Family Procedure Rules Committee. Earlier this year the Vulnerable Witnesses & Children Working Group produced its final report (a summary of which is here) and then passed the baton on to the rules committee to implement its recommendations. The committee has now done its job and produced a revised set of Family Procedure Rules (Part 3A) upon which they are seeking comments. The deadline for comments is 5pm on 25 September 2015.

The consultation paper and draft rules can be found here.

For an interesting analysis see David Burrows’ article.

Back to cases

August is never really a particularly exciting or dynamic month case-wise, and this year is no exception. A selection of interesting cases are briefly summarised below. We’re still waiting for the judgment in Sharland and Gohil – you haven’t missed it.

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Back to the future

With the Family Law Awards 2015 just around the corner, voting for the community award nominees has been open through the month of August and the public vote closes at midnight on Sunday, 6 September 2015. If you haven’t already done so, have a look at the three categories and pledge your vote for your favourite shortlisted nominee here.

Back to life

We’ve begun a fascinating series of articles about a day in the life of a variety of professionals in the family law field. It’s always interesting to hear tales from those at the coalface of our family justice system and to learn what motivates them. You can find out the best and worst parts of their day, their ideas for family law reform and discover who was once asked to write a parenting plan for a dog…
You can find the articles here and join the conversation using the hashtag #familylawdayinlifeof.

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