News Essentials: 18th September 2017
A brief summary of the essential family law news and cases from the last week:
E-working in the family jurisdiction and our plans for reform
The attached paper has been produced to provide judiciary and operational colleagues with a much needed update about our plans for the future in relation to e-working in the family jurisdiction. Full story: Courts and Tribunals Judiciary.
Cafcass private law demand
In August 2017, Cafcass received a total of 3,718 new private law cases. This is an 8% increase compared with those received in August 2016. Full story: Cafcass.
Care applications in August 2017
In August 2017, Cafcass received a total of 1,241 care applications. This figure represents a 1.5% decrease compared with those received in August 2016. Full story: Cafcass.
President issues new PD12J - Child Arrangements and Contact Orders: Domestic Abuse and Harm
The President of the Family Division has issued a circular dealing with domestic abuse and containing a new PD12J, which comes into force on 2 October 2017. Full story: Family Law.
Settlement Conferences pilot and evaluation
Some Designated Family Judge areas are piloting ‘settlement conferences’. Full story: Courts and Tribunals Judiciary.
Social worker criticised for ‘factually impoverished’ evidence in court
Judge Moradifar said the social worker's evidence was some of the most "unhelpful" he'd ever heard. Full story: Community Care. See Re E & N (No. 3).
FE v YE  EWHC 2165 (Fam) (25 August 2017)
Application by father for summary return of children to Israel, where mother was seeking asylum for herself and children. Full report: Bailii.
Re J (Care Proceedings: Apportionment of Experts' Fees)  EWFC (8 August 2017)
Costs – Care proceedings – Experts’ fees – Apportionment of cost. The court ordered that the cost of expert reports should be apportioned equally between the local authority and the guardian. Full report: Family Law.
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