New guidance on international family law

The President of the Family Division, Sir James Munby, has highlighted guidance available regarding international family law:

  • the President's guidance on Liaison between Courts in England and Wales and British Embassies and High Commissions
  • guidance provided to the judiciary in relation to the administrative/procedural aspects of transfers of proceedings under Article 15 of Brussels IIbis and Articles 8 and/or 9 of the 1996 Hague Convention: HMCTS staff have today been given guidance to assist them regarding the processes, and it has been agreed that the new registers referred to in the guidance will come into effect on Monday 16th May, see: Judicial guidance - cross-border transfer
  • a note of answers to frequently asked questions (FAQ) raised through the President's Office and other agencies at a Ministry of Justice led cross-government workshop on practical issues arising in family cases with an international aspect: the introduction to the note explains limitations to its use, see: International Family Justice FAQ

The FAQ is one of the resources provided on the recently launched Knowledge Hub which the President encourages local authorities to use in preparation for public law proceedings in advance of court hearings: is designed to enable local authorities to exchange information about and experience of dealing with international family cases; the Hub also has a library facility, which includes leading cases, FAQs and links to guidance issued by government and the President of the Family Division. The Group is called Local Authority Forum for International Family Casework. Local authorities have been provided with joining instructions and Sir David Norgrove has asked the Local Family Justice Boards to promote information about the Knowledge Hub, to raise practitioner awareness.

Geraldine Morris is a solicitor and Head of LexisPSL Family.

Twitter: @GeraldineMorris

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