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Busy practitioners find that, when preparing for a conference, drafting a skeleton argument, or before setting off to court, they repeatedly have to search for the same authorities and crucial paragraphs within each authority.
The Family Law Case Library (Children) addresses this need by providing a quick method of sourcing the key extracts from the seminal authorities, all collated into a single volume and presented thematically with cross-references to the full case report in the Family Law Reports (FLR). This valuable time saving reference book takes account of all FLR cases reported up to early 2015, allowing readers to refer to the very latest authority on any topic with confidence.
Includesa free CD-ROM containing all of the extracts found in the book – ideal forcopying and pasting when preparing documents such as skeleton arguments, or forprinting and submitting in court.
Foreword to First Edition
Table of Cases
Table of Statutes
Table of Statutory Instruments
List of Abbreviations
Children Act 1989, Pt I
Children Act 1989, Pt II
Children Act 1989, Pt III
Children Act 1989, Pts IV and V
Judgment, costs and appeals
"Any practitioners specializing in children law, or wishing to, will find this book indispensable, both as an authoritative work of reference and an enlightening read"
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An appreciation by Phillip Taylor MBE and Elizabeth Taylor of Richmond Green Chambers
"This book is a great idea ... The main advantage of this case law digest is accessibility and thoroughness ... cases are listed with headings giving case name, references, FLR pages and the judge(s) whose judgments are extracted."Association of Lawyers for Children
"The busy professional will find this a very handy tool"childRIGHT
"A handy, logical and well presented Case Library, as welcome on the judicial bookshelf as in the practitioner's toolkit."Foreword by Sir Mark Potter Natasha Phillips (@SobukiRa) September 10, 2015
The Family Law Reports (‘FLR’) are the pre-eminent source of case reporting for family law specialists in England and Wales. They provide, authoritatively and promptly, the important decisions in the field. In common with other law reporting series, however, the FLR have two important drawbacks. First, they grow longer every year. Nothing is removed even when it has been overtaken by a change of legislation,
subsequent authority or shift in general approach. The very nature of a series of law reports is that dead wood remains standing. Secondly, they are essentially unstructured. The order in which reports appear is, more or less, the order in which the decisions were made. Even with electronic search facilities this can make it hard to find the best authorities on any given issue.
Family Law Case Library: Children (‘FLCLC’) aims to help the busy children law specialist find and use classic statements of the law quickly and easily. In doing so it seeks to address the drawbacks of the full reports. First, it sets out only the key extracts from the key judgments, those that are most often applied, whether explicitly or not, by the courts in England and Wales. Secondly, it presents those extracts within
a thematic structure. In short, it is a digest of the FLR.
Familiarity with the structure will make it easier for readers to find what they are looking for. We have striven to make the structure clear, simple and natural, but a few minutes familiarisation with the Contents is likely to be time well spent.
The FLCLC is in nine Divisions, A–I, each of which is divided into subdivisions. As far as possible the individual extracts have been arranged in the subdivisions either in the order in which they appear in the legislation or the order in which they might typically arise.
Headings and notes
Each extract uses the following template:
(1) Headings: the reference and short title given to the extract within the FLCLC, the case name, the case reference (its neutral citation, where applicable, and the FLR reference, with FLR page references for the extract(s) where judgments do not have
numbered paragraphs), the court, and the judge (or judges) whose judgment is (are) extracted;
(2) Extract(s): we have included the facts / context / argument taken from the judgment where we have thought it helpful to understanding an authority;
(3) Notes: three kinds of notes have, as appropriate, been included –
• General notes: it is from the judgment that any authority must be derived and therefore our guiding principle has been to let each judgment speak for itself, but sometimes a note has been added to clarify or draw attention to a particular point;
• Other significant cases on this issue: we have tried to include the most authoritative, or the most useful, decision on each matter, but inevitably there are often other significant cases worth identifying for the reader who wants or needs to look further. However, other cases clearly identified within the extract or which are included within the same subdivision of the volume are not separately identified in this way;
• This case is also included in relation to: many cases are authority for more than one proposition and therefore have been included in more than one place in the volume. These notes provide a ready cross-reference to other extracts from the same case within the FLCLC.
Considered for inclusion
We have considered for inclusion all cases up to the end of  2 FLR, more than 12,000 pages of reports since the second edition.
We are very grateful to colleagues who have made suggestions about extracts for inclusion. However, responsibility for the selection, and for any errors, remains entirely ours.
We would welcome encouragement, suggestions for improving FLCLC and the identification of any errors we have made. Comments should be sent to us c/o Jordan Publishing Ltd, 21 St Thomas Street, Bristol, BS1
Most lawyers practising in children law and financial family law have in their time experienced feelings of frustration, whether in preparation for a meeting or conference, or when drafting a position statement or skeleton argument, at not having readily to hand the crucial paragraphs of the leading authorities on particular topics, rather
than having to refer to textbooks which typically state the principle and cite the authority but leave it to the practitioner to locate the key extract from the authority themselves. Now, Jordans have produced, in paper and electronic format, a Case Book to meet that need. While no doubt useful also to students, its twin volumes concentrate upon the needs of busy professionals for speedy access to the key extracts from the principal cases, presented thematically and cross-referred to the full
reports in the Family Law Reports.
Careful thought has been given to each section, with clear sign-posting of topics under each head and each volume complements the other so as to cover the full range of children and financial family law. The printed page, conveniently gathered in an appropriate volume, is still the preferred way of looking up law for most lawyers; reading case reports on a screen can prove tiring. The editors are to be congratulated
on producing a handy, logical and well presented Case Library, as welcome on the judicial bookshelf as in the practitioner’s toolkit.
Sir Mark Potter
President of the Family Division
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