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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:
It is the aim of the VWCWG that the FPR 2010 rule change will be in place when the FPR Committee can consider such changes later in the spring of 2015. In conjunction with this further work will be carried out to produce the Practice Directions with reference to the Criminal Procedure Rules. The aim is ensure that there is consistency of approach in the criminal and family jurisdiction.
Regarding the evidence of children and young people, further work will need to be carried out by the VWCWG on modernising the way in which the evidence of children and young people is gathered and put before the family courts.
For details of the VWCWG interim report see:
Supporting rules: the interim report of the Children and Vulnerable Witnesses Working Group
Geraldine Morris is a solicitor and Head of LexisPSL Family.
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