News Essentials: 19th September 2016

A brief summary of the essential family law news and cases from the last week:

MPs call for end to abusive men using courts against families
Government urged to review family court system which is ‘allowing men to re-traumatise women and children’. Full story: The Guardian.

Changes to legal aid Special Children Act applications
The Legal Aid Agency has made changes to applications under the Special Children Act and standard cost limits to improve processes in the Client and Cost Management System. Full story: Family Law Week.

Transforming our Justice System
Consultation and Statement seek to map out future for the court system. Full story: Family Law Week.

Smile: High Court judge uses emoji in official ruling
One High Court judge has gone to previously unheard-of lengths to make a judgment in a family court case comprehensible even for the children it affects. Full story: The Telegraph. See Lancashire County Council v M & Ors, below.

First children arbitration heard
The first arbitration held under the children arbitration scheme introduced in July 2016 has been determined. Full story: Family Law Week.

Mr Justice Moylan appointed as Lord Justice of Appeal
Mr Justice Moylan has been appointed as one of six new Court of Appeal judges. Full story: Family Law.

Munby calls for action on England-Scotland enforcement
The president of the Family Division has called for urgent action to fill gaps in the law relating to cross-border issues between England and Scotland. Full story: Law Society Gazette. See X (A Child) and Y (A Child), below.

Government service puts domestic abuse survivors at risk
Domestic abuse survivors are being put at risk by the government’s new Child Maintenance Service, finds new evidence from Gingerbread and Women’s Aid. Full story: Gingerbread.

Solicitor dismay over Munby care case comments
Lawyers have expressed concern over comments made by the president of the Family Division about the representation of children in public law cases. Full story: Law Society Gazette.

Shot girl Mary Shipstone's safe house revealed by solicitor error
The address of a girl fatally shot on her doorstep by her estranged father was accidentally sent to him by her mother's solicitor, it has emerged. Full story: BBC News.

The Family Procedure (Amendment No. 2) Rules 2016
These rules amend the Family Procedure Rules 2010. Statutory Instrument.

Care cases received by Cafcass in August up 34% on a year ago
1,258 care applications received. Full story: Family Law Week.

New private law cases received by Cafcass in August up 23% on a year ago
3,535 new private law cases received. Full story: Family Law Week.

W (Minors), Re [2016] EWHC 2226 (Fam) (10 August 2016)
Application by father for child arrangements order and for order forbidding mother from removing child from the jurisdiction. Cross-application by mother for non-molestation order. Full report: Bailii.

Lancashire County Council v M & Ors [2016] EWFC 9 (04 February 2016)
Care proceedings concerning four children, in which there was a concern that the father of the youngest two children might take them to Syria. Full report: Bailii.

X (A Child) and Y (A Child) [2016] EWHC 2271 (Fam) (12 September 2016)
Two cases which raise cross-border issues as between England and Scotland in relation to the making of secure accommodation orders. Full report: Bailii.

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