On 9th March 2022 the Sir Andrew McFarlane, President of the Family Division published his most recent “View from the President’s Chambers”.
The View, and the associated Case Management Guidance, focusses on making every hearing count: i.e. reducing the number of hearings in every case, ensuring that every hearing is effective and consequently reducing the overall length of proceedings. The Case Management Guidance is essential reading for all public law practitioners and is available to download below.
The View sets out comprehensively the current state of the family justice system and explains the ongoing programmes of reform across both the public and private children law spheres, the Financial Remedies Court and the Court of Protection. The pilot scheme PD36Z (amending PD12B) is also available to download below.
The most recent updates to the Family Procedure Rules can be accessed here: https://www.justice.gov.uk/courts/procedure-rules/family