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- Provides model applications and pleadings
- Clarifies the underlying law
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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Update 38 (September 2014)
This release contains updates to Divisions General; A (Applications under the Children Act 1989); B (Wardship and the inherent jurisdiction); C (Adoption); D (Child abduction: registration and enforcement); E (Personal protection and occupation of the family home); F (Protection of family property); G (Restriction of publicity); H (Mental and physical infirmity); J (Civil partnership); Appendix 7 (Allocation Orders and Practice Directions); Appendix 9 (Family Proceedings Fees Order 2008); and Appendix 10 (Practice Guidance).
In addition to the general additions to reflect legislative changes and updating case-law, this issue refines the precedents introduced in the last issue to include any new guidance from the President and further amendments made to the original drafts.
Most importantly the divisions now include all the major procedural changes brought about by the amendments made to the Family Procedure Rules, the new provisions that now apply to the composition and distribution of cases brought about by the Family Court (Composition and Distribution) Rules 2014 and the Access to Justice 1999 (Destination of Appeals) (Family Proceedings) Order 2014. In particular:
In Division A – the far-reaching changes of practice and procedure in children law introduced on 22 April 2014 have been included in this release. The procedural guides have been updated to reflect these changes with the new style of form using the new terminology and warning notices included in the precedents. The Law and Practice section explains the operation of the Child Arrangements Programme, gatekeeping and distribution of business (formerly known as allocation) in detail. It deals with the sensitive issue of the appointment by a parent of a guardian and the implications of the Human Rights Act in public law cases.
In Division B – the procedural guides have been updated to reflect the procedure in the unified Family Court. The release specifically deals with: the inherent jurisdiction and vulnerable adults; the implications of Akthar v Ayub on courts’ powers relating to any proposed challenge against the decisions and powers of the Secretary of State of the Home Department and other government departments and pubic bodies. This division also includes the court’s powers in determining the very difficult issue of overruling the wishes of a Gillick-competent teenager: NHS Foundation v P  EWHC 1650 and the issue of capacity in relation to children with regard to termination of pregnancy and self-harm as indicated in NHS Trust v A B C and CA  EWHC 1445 (Fam). The issue of the impact of the Human Rights Act and the European Convention on children cases and the guidance given in Re DE (A Child)  EWHC 6 are fully covered. Finally, transparency in the Family Court and restricting reporting of criminal proceedings are also covered.
Division D – given the rise in abduction and BIIR cases the arrangements made for international judicial cooperation are set out. Recent case-law on defences to a return order, especially in relation to the implications of the child’s expressed objections to return together with the approach and principles that apply in such cases, is covered. Also included are the implications of the trial judge seeing the child and their effect on the decision taken and the controversial issue of instructing an expert in abduction cases.
Division E – the section on committals now includes all the provisions of FPR 2010, r 37 including those relating to penal notices and warnings. It also includes: domestic violence protection notices and orders and the scheme’s application nationwide; the practice and procedure for applications to purge contempt. The forced marriage section covers the amendments made to Part IV of the Family Law Act 1996 by the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 by the repeal of some of the sections of the 1996 Act; the criminalisation of breach of a forced marriage protection order and the provisions that now make it an offence to force another to enter into a marriage without their free and full consent.
Division F – this division contains a detailed commentary on all aspects of the guidance on without notice applications issued by Mostyn J with the approval of the President and all relevant case-law applying to interim remedies. It also includes enforcement provisions such as sequestration and new provisions relating to charging orders.
Division G – this division has been updated to include in detail restriction orders against the media and transparency in the Family Court practice and procedure.
Division H – this division contains further elaboration on the use of the inherent jurisdiction to protect those who are vulnerable and cases where neither the Mental Capacity Act 2005 nor the Mental Health Act 1983 apply.
Division I – this division sets out the appeal procedure in both family and civil cases dealing specifically with: FPR 2010, Pt 30; the route of appeals; the procedural steps to be taken by legal representatives where insufficient reasons are given by the trial judge for the decision taken or there is other procedural irregularity; the principles to be applied in applications for a stay of an order pending an appeal; application for extension of time and the consequences of raising unreasonable objections to an application for permission to appeal. Bail pending an appeal from a committal order and the implications of the Access to Justice Act 1999 (Destination of Appeals) (Family Proceedings) Order 2014 are also covered.
"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 Central London County Court and Nominated Judge of the Court of Protection
David Salter Joint National Head of Family Law, Mills & Reeve, Leeds, Manchester, Cambridge, Norwich, Birmingham and London
District Judge Jonathan Whybrow Leicester County Court
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