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Family analysis: The Family Procedure Rules Committee (FPRC) has made recommendations arising from the final report of the Vulnerable Witnesses & Children Working Group (VWCWG). A consultation has been opened on proposed changes to the Family Procedure Rules 2010 (FPR 2010) regarding vulnerable witnesses and children, in particular a new Pt 3A.
Family Procedure Rule Committee consultation, August 2015
The VWCWG published its final report on 17 March 2015. The report included a set of draft model rules. The VWCWG asked the FPRC to consider whether, and if so how, their recommendations and draft rules could be implemented. The FPRC has considered the draft rules and made some amendments. The FPRC now seek comments on the revised set of draft rules and a consultation has been set up.
What was the VWCWG tasked to do?
In June 2014 the VWCWG was established by Sir James Munby, President of the Family Division, to:
The VWCWG published an interim report with initial recommendations in August 2014. The interim report was subject to extensive consultation across the family justice system. The consultation responses informed the final report of the VWCWG which was published on 17 March 2015.
What are the VWCWG's recommendations?
The VWCWG final report recommended:
What has the FPRC been asked to do?
The VWCWG has asked the FPRC to consider whether, and if so how, the recommendations and draft rules in the VWCWG final report can
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