Issuing private children proceedings in the Family Court
Issuing private children proceedings in the Family Court

The following Family practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Issuing private children proceedings in the Family Court
  • Allocation and gatekeeping
  • Guidance on allocation and gatekeeping in private children proceedings
  • Directions on issue
  • Urgent hearings
  • Judicial continuity
  • Transitional provisions
  • Judicial Protocol for Children’s Cases in Scotland, and England and Wales

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Guidance has been issued, including by the President of the Family Division, regarding all proceedings in the Family Court in England and Wales during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and until further notice, which profoundly affects normal practice, including requirements for the majority of family hearings to be dealt with remotely. For details about the changes to court processes and procedures during this time, see Practice Note: Coronavirus (COVID–19)—news and resources for family lawyers. In addition, the Coronavirus (COVID-19) toolkit provides easy access to news, practical guidance and Q&As from across a number of Practice Areas (subject to subscription).

With particular regard to private law children proceedings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic guidance has been released by the President, Cafcass and Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS), for full details see Practice Note: Child Arrangements Programme—the procedure for section 8 applications—The procedure for section 8 applications—COVID-19.

This Practice Note sets out guidance in relation to issuing private children proceedings in the Family Court. It explains the guidance on allocation and gatekeeping issued by the President of the Family Division, judicial continuity and what happens in relation to the issue of urgent applications. It also explains about the Judicial protocol for children cases in Scotland and England and Wales.

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