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Written and edited by an unrivalled team of experts, definitive advice is provided on all aspects of the law, together with guidance on over 70 urgent applications, including:
Emergency Remedies in the Family Courts
- Application for non-molestation and/or occupation order under Family Law Act 1996, Part IV
- Application for a freezing injunction, search orders and writ ne exeat regno
- Authority to place a child in secure accommodation
- Application for an emergency protection order
- Application for authority under the inherent jurisdiction
- Application for warrant of arrest under Family Law Act 1996, Pt IV, s 47(8)
- Application for forced marriage protection orders
- Application for judicial review
- Urgent appeal against an order by magistrates for transfer of residence of a child
- Application to extend or restrict publicity
- Application in respect of mentally ill persons
- Applications concerning domestic and international child abduction
- The impact of the Hague Convention 1996 on the Protection of Children
- Applications under TOLATA and MFP Act 1984 Part III
- General introduction on procedure under the FPR 2010
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- Applications under the Children Act 1989
- Wardship and the Inherent Jurisdiction
- Child Abduction: Registration and Enforcement
- Personal Protection and Occupation of the Family Home
- Protection of Family Property
- Restriction of Publicity
- Protection of the Mentally and Physically Infirm
- Appeals Including Stay of Execution and Bail
- Civil Partnership
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"A very good tool for the busy family lawyer"
The third edition of Emergency Remedies in the Family Courts, in loose-leaf form, is intended, like the previous editions, to meet the practical needs of family law practitioners. Among the helpful suggestions received from users and adopted in this edition is the change to loose-leaf. The continuing changes in family law and procedures, some by statute or rules of court and some evolutionary, make it difficult for courts and practitioners to keep up to date. Users of the book, including teachers of family law, have persuaded the authors and publishers that the book will be more useful if the latest developments are regularly incorporated.
The second edition of this book included a page headed ‘The Book and How to Use it’, which said ‘Experienced practitioners often guide a less experienced assistant or colleague by giving him or her a precedent to adapt and explaining the sequence of steps which need to be taken’. The Preface to the second edition said the book ‘is designed to enable a busy family law practitioner in private practice or employed by a local authority, easily to find a precedent for an emergency application to an appropriate court. Procedural guides facilitate pursuit of each application. Explanatory texts help to understand what can be achieved in an application and to justify what the practitoner seeks if he is questioned by the court. Best practice is the model’.
The goal of the third edition is to build on the strengths of the earlier editions, carrying forward the same practical approach.
The personal protection material (Division E) has been updated on the basis of the present law. The revisions for the new law and practice under the Family Law Act 1996 will be distributed in time for the commencement of Part IV of the Act, which is expected to be in October 1997.
The spectrum of experience of the team of authors is the source from which the book draws its strength and I thank each of them for their positive and committed contributions. My thanks are also due to David Burrows for providing the material for Appendix 1; Peter Harris, the Official Solicitor, for contributing Appendix 5; Ruth Few, Clerk of the Rules, Family Division, for helpful suggestions for improvements in ‘Procedure on appeal from magistrates’ in Division I; Mrs Melanie Perara for the application for displacement of nearest relative in Division H and to District Judge Roger Bird for reviewing some of the precedents.
The courts exercising the family jurisdiction can only operate usefully if the lawyers and public who use them understand their procedures. The difference between an order which leads to an effective result and one which does not may depend, particularly in an emergency, upon making the correct application to the right court supported by the relevant information. All the courts, including those dealing with family law, are engaged in the process of streamlining the procedures with a view to saying delays in hearing cases, avoiding complexity and reducing unnecessary costs of litigation. Practitioners have to be well aware of the changes in the rules and practice directions of the courts.
The third edition of this invaluable book brings up to date the procedures of all the relevant family courts and continues to guide those using the book, step by step, by clear and easy to follow instructions. It is a must for all practitioners, whether their practice of family law is regular or infrequent.
The Right Hon Lady Justice Butler-Sloss DBE
Her Honour Nasreen Pearce
His Honour Nigel Fricker QC
David Burrows Solicitor Advocate, Bristol
District Judge Susan Jackson County Court at Central London and the Family Court at Croydon and Nominated Judge of the Court of Protection
David Salter Joint National Head of Family Law, Mills & Reeve LLP, Leeds, Manchester, Cambridge, Norwich, Birmingham and London and Deputy High Court Judge and Recorder
Lisa Phillips Director and Solicitor Advocate, Child Care Law Department, Switalskis Solicitors LLP, Leeds
Jeremy Weston QC St Ives Chambers, Birmingham
Scope of the Work and How to Use it
Aim of the work
Experienced practitioners often guide a less
experienced assistant or colleague by giving him or her a precedent to adapt
and explaining the sequence of steps which need to be taken. When the practice
and procedure is overhauled as under the FPR 2010 even the experienced need a
helping hand. This publication aims to offer illustrative, fictional,
precedents and procedural guides to demonstrate how to launch emergency
applications under the new rules and practice directions using the appropriate
prescribed forms and bring them to a satisfactory result, seeking remedies that
are appropriate for the needs of the client. Further, the precedents,
procedural guides and narrative explanations of law and practice give easy
access to a practitioner, a judge or a magistrates’ clerk who needs quickly to
check whether an application is proceeding in the right direction.
Structure of the illustrative precedents and
Each set of precedents begins with a Key Page, which summarises the
principal characteristics of an application and acts as an index to the set of
precedents and the supporting narrative text. The procedural guide that follows
summarises the sequence of steps to be taken, with references to the rules of
court that apply.
Narrative texts of law and practice
The authors have sought to balance the need by
practitioners for a book that affords explanation of most situations that are
likely to arise in an emergency.
Throughout this publication, the gender used
reflects the situation that occurs most commonly in practice. Unless the
contrary appears, references to either the female or male gender are
The looseleaf arrangement of Emergency Remedies in the Family Courts
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Arrangement of the work
The material is divided into 11 Divisions, each
separated by plastic divider cards, as follows:
introduction on procedure
under the Children Act 1989
and the inherent jurisdiction
abduction: registration and enforcement
protection and occupation of the family home
of family property
of the mentally and physically infirm
including stay of execution, bail and judicial review
The applications that are dealt with in each
Division are listed in full both in the main contents to the work and at the
start of each Division.
The text is divided into numbered paragraphs.
Cross-references to material in other Divisions are to paragraph numbers in
those Divisions. For example, a reference to A[23.16] directs the reader to paragraph [23.16] in Division A.
Where no letter appears, the reference is to a paragraph within the same
Tables and index
The work contains tables of cases, statutes and
statutory instruments. These are located behind the plastic divider card marked
A comprehensive index is included to facilitate
easy access to the material in the book. This is to be found at the end of the
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Civil Procedure Rules 1998
The Civil Procedure Rules 1998 (CPR) were
introduced on 26 April 1999. All civil proceedings are subject to these rules.
‘Family proceedings’, as defined by the rules (see below), are exempt from the
CPR (CPR, r 2.1(2)) with the following exceptions:
rules under CPR Parts 43, 44, 47 and 48 apply to all family
(2)CPR Part 52
(appeals to the Court of Appeal) applies to all family proceedings from 2 May
Rules in family proceedings
Subject to these exceptions, family proceedings
are now covered by the FPR 2010 and the Practice Directions, which together
provide a single procedural code, which applies to all levels of courts.
The Rules of the Supreme Court 1965 (RSC) (High
Court) and the County Court Rules 1981 (CCR) (county courts), apply to
family proceedings where they are specifically provided for in the FPR 2010 and
where they are not inconsistent with the new rules.
Thus, for example, committal in the county court
will still be covered by CCR Ord 29.
‘Family proceedings’: a definition
‘Family business’ is defined in the Matrimonial
and Family Proceedings Act 1984, s 32 as ‘business of any description
which in the High Court is for the time being assigned to the Family Division
and to no other Division by or under section 61 of (and Schedule 1
to) the Senior Courts] Act 1981’ and family proceedings is defined as
‘proceedings which are family business’.
Senior Courts Act 1981, Sch 1 provides
a narrow list of family proceedings, including matrimonial causes and various
children proceedings ...
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Update 40 (September 2015)
This update contains general updating and additional material in almost all divisions to reflect developments in law and procedure since the last update to ensure that professionals readily have all they need to prepare for, make and pursue an application in an emergency in family cases.
Division A (Applications under the Children Act 1989) has been further restructured and revised.
- Division B (Wardship and the Inherent Jurisdiction) sets out new precedents for: applications in cases concerning the risk of children travelling to join or suspected of joining ISIS; and standard electronic tagging orders and combined electronic and GPS tagging orders following Re X (Children) and Y (Children)  EWHC 2358 (Fam). The ‘Law and Practice’ section deals further with: the exercise of the court’s inherent jurisdiction to protect children who are outside the jurisdiction and the court’s jurisdiction to grant super injunctions where appropriate, eg Re M (Children)  EWHC 1433 (Fam) and also with the restriction on the grant of general and wide orders (Redbridge LBC v SNA  EWHC 2140 (Fam); tagging orders; and the court’s power to overrule the decisions of a Gillick -competent child in medical cases.
- Division C (Adoption) has been revised and updated to include withdrawal of consent and applications for injunction and recovery orders.
- Division D (Child Abduction: Registration and Enforcement) has been revised to include disclosure of orders to embassies, consulates and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. The ‘Law and Practice’ section deals with the guidance given by the Supreme Court on the test for habitual residence and in particular in AR v RN  UKSC 35 and whether habitual residence of a child can be changed unilaterally. It also covers extension of the test for the defence of physical and psychological harm and the principles laid down by the Court of Appeal in Re M (Republic of Ireland)  EWCA Civ 26, Re S (Habitual Residence and Child’s Objections: Brazil)  EWCA Civ 2 and the very recent case of Re N (Children), 13 August 2015, in relation to the weight to be applied to a child’s objections and the joinder of children as parties. Of importance is the disapproval of the decision in Re T (Abduction: Child’s Objections to Return)  2 FLR 192 and the court’s powers under FPR 2010, rr 12.3 and 16.2 to direct that a child should be made a party. The section also deals with the enforcement of court orders. All relevant European Conventions and Regulations can now be found in one place under a dedicated section. Of particular importance is the jurisdiction under Art 15 to transfer cases and this section deals comprehensively with all issues relating to the relationship between the Hague Conventions and BIIR.
- Division E (Personal Protection and Occupation of the Family Home) now includes material on: legal aid, dealing with recent case-law on the interpretation of LASPO, s 10; the drafting of orders; a separate section covering all methods of the enforcement of orders; and dedicated sections dealing in detail with the law, practice and procedure in relation to FMPOs and FGMPOs.
- Division G (Restriction of Publicity) has been updated to include reporting restriction orders and non-disclosure orders.
- Division I (Appeals) now deals specifically with relevant information on appeals based on ‘Wrong in the exercise of the court’s discretion and procedural irregularities’. It has also been expanded to include: application for permission; appeals against case management decisions; and split trials.
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