Final Report of the Vulnerable Witnesses and Children Working Group

Final Report of the Vulnerable Witnesses and Children Working Group

The final report of the Vulnerable Witnesses and Children Working Group (VWCWG) has been published and may be accessed here together with its annexes.

Key recommendations are:

  • that there will be two new Practice Directions (to be known as PD 3D and PD 3C) to the Family Procedure Rules 2010 (FPR 2010) to stand alongside the new rule previously recommended - one PD will replaces the 2010 Guidelines for judges seeing children and the another will makes provision for the identification of vulnerable and intimidated witnesses and the arrangements which will need to be put in place
  • that there should be an increase in public access to the family courts so that members of the public, including children and young people, can see what is happening

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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).