10th View from the President's Chambers

10th View from the President's Chambers

The President of the Family Division has issued his 10th View from the President's Chambers. Key areas covered include:

  • that behind the scenes the new single family court is 'up and running for most practical purposes', with work ongoing to finalise the required rule changes
  • work is almost complete on the amendment of the current pilot Public Law Outline (PLO) and the supporting rules - the final version (PLO 2014) will be finalised by the Family Procedure Rules Committee on 3 March 2014 and published shortly afterwards (see: All change for children law)
  • the application form in public law cases (Form C110A) is being revised to accommodate changes in the PLO
  • the final report of the Private Law Working Group and the final draft of the proposed Child Arrangements Programme will be considered by the Family Procedure Rules Committee on 3 March 2014 with the final version (CAP 2014) to be published shortly afterwards, so as to allow time for everyone to assimilate it before it comes into effect on 22 April 2014 - the final version is unlikely to differ that much from the draft put out for consultation (see: The new CAP for private law work - will it fit and do we want to wear it)
  • new rules and accompanying practice direction in r

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About the author:

Geraldine is Head of LexisPSL Family. She was admitted as a solicitor in 1992 and was in practice for 15 years, most recently as a partner and head of the family team at Hart Brown, a large Surrey firm.

Geraldine writes for Butterworths Family Law Service and is a past editor of the Resolution Review. She has been published in the New Law Journal, the Law Society Gazette and the District Judges’ Bulletin as well as in the national press including the Times and the Telegraph.

When in practice she was a member of the Law Society Family and Children Panels, and an accredited Resolution Specialist with a focus on advanced financial provision and pensions. A past Resolution regional secretary and press officer, Geraldine also contributed chapters to the Resolution publications, International Aspects of Family Law (3rd Edition 2009) and The Modern Family (2012).