Initiatives undertaken on family orders and transparency of proceedings
In his fourth View from the President’s Chambers, Sir James Munby provides an update of the reforms to the family justice system.
He reports that overall, the planning for the Family Court is progressing with great enthusiasm and remarkably smoothly. The future of the Principal Registry of the Family Division, as an entity distinct from the Family Court at First Avenue House, requires careful thought. The President hopes to return to the matter in his next View.
The President records developments with regard to the PLO. He also calls for greater transparency with regard to family proceedings and intends to adopt an incremental approach to achieving this.
A small drafting group has been appointed under the leadership of Mostyn J to provide a comprehensive set of orders the use of which will in due course become mandatory in the Family Court and the Family Division.
The President also notes that the Practice Direction on Bundles – PD27A – requires amendment, in part to accommodate the changes brought about by the new Family Court.
SOURCE: Family Law Week