The President of the Family Division, Sir Andrew McFarlane, is pleased to announce the launch of a two-week rapid consultation on remote, hybrid and in-person hearings in the family justice system and the Court of Protection, today (Thursday 10 June 2021).
This research is the third such survey and comes 15 months after remote hearings were first put in place at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The research will once again be undertaken by the Nuffield Family Justice Observatory (NFJO), an independent organisation which is committed to improving life for children and families by putting data and evidence at the heart of family justice system.
This third survey will focus specifically on recovery; identifying good practice from remote and hybrid hearings and providing an evidence base to assist with the decisions regarding future ways of working, as we return to court. More details about the survey are available online (external link, opens in a new tab).
The President is conscious there have been a number of consultations and other demands on your time, but does urge you all please, to respond to this important request.
The consultation period runs until Sunday 27 June 2021 and the findings will be available for the President’s Conference in July 2021.
The NFJO will seek to gather evidence from families with children and all professionals working in the family justice system, including judges, barristers, solicitors, Cafcass workers, court staff and social workers.
The consultation can be accessed online (external link, opens in a new tab). Please disseminate more widely.