News Essentials: 19th December 2016

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

Domestic violence legal aid applications rise
Relaxing time limits for reporting domestic violence may have contributed to the steep increase in legal aid applications from victims this year, latest government figures suggest. Full story: Law Society Gazette.

President's guidance on the allocation of work to section 9 judges
The President of the Family Division has issued new guidance on the allocation of work to section 9 judges. Full story: Family Law.

Latest family court statistics confirm recent surge in public law applications
The Ministry of Justice has released statistics on activity in the family courts of England and Wales for the period of July to September 2016. Full story: Family Law Week.

Law Commission publishes report on enforcement of family financial orders
In a report published today, the Law Commission recommends a package of reforms to make the law governing the enforcement of family financial orders more effective, accessible and fair. Full story: Family Law.

Cafcass private law demand
In November 2016, Cafcass received a total of 3,586 new private law cases. This is a 7% increase on November 2015 levels. Full story: Cafcass.

Care applications in November 2016
In November 2016, Cafcass received a total of 1,262 care applications.  This figure represents a 22% increase compared with those received in November 2015. Full story: Cafcass.

L (A Child) [2016] EWCA Civ 1297 (16 December 2016)
Appeal against an order dismissing aunt's application for child arrangements order. Appeal allowed. Full report: Bailii.

C (A Child), Re [2016] EWHC 3171 (Fam) (08 December 2016)
Application by Secretary of State for the Home Department for discharge of a disclosure order seeking information about any extremist or radicalised conduct by the adults in the family. Application dismissed. Full report: Bailii.

Magiera v Magiera [2016] EWCA Civ 1292 (15 December 2016)
Appeal against refusalto dismiss or stay proceedings brought in relation to a London house under TLATA, on the basis of lack of jurisdiction. Appeal dismissed. Full report: Bailii.

Scatliffe v Scatliffe (British Virgin Islands) [2016] UKPC 36 (12 December 2016)
Appeal by husband against ancillary relief order. Appeal dismissed. Full report: Bailii.

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