Coronavirus (COVID-19) contingency arrangements for Family Law Act 1996 injunctions

Coronavirus (COVID-19) contingency arrangements for Family Law Act 1996 injunctions

HM Courts and Tribunals Service has issued new guidance on alternative procedures for injunction applications under the Family Law Act 1996 during coronavirus (COVID-19). The guidance aims to ensure that such injunctions are prioritised by the court, allowing domestic abuse victims to receive protection as soon as possible. Family courts have been asked to create a priority inbox for any emails containing specified words relating to domestic abuse and staff will check the inbox at least every hour. Staff will also progress priority cases by referring without-notice injunctions to a judge within three hours of receipt, arranging emergency hearings if required and providing the applicant’s legal representative with an injunction order for service on the day it is made.

Legal representatives are advised to assist the court in dealing with their client’s application promptly by:

• including the words 'injunction, non-molestation, FL401 or domestic violence/abuse' in the email subject line

• preparing a draft order using the Standard order 10.1—non-molestation order and removing any unnecessary paragraphs

• including relevant contact details in the email body if different to those on the application

• not phoning or emailing within three hours of submitting the application thereby allowing court staff the time to progress it

Source: Coronavirus (COVID-19) contingency arrangements for Family Law Act injunctions

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