Practice Guidance: Independent Domestic Violence Advisers and Independent Sexual Violence Advisers (Family Courts)

Court of Appeal Civil DivisionFamily CourtHigh CourtPresident of the Family DivisionSir Andrew McFarlanePractice Guidance

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This guidance applies to family proceedings in the Court of Appeal (Civil Division), the High Court of Justice and the Family Court.

It is issued as guidance (not as a practice direction) by the President of the Family Division, as Head of Family Justice.

It is issued in light of the coming into force on 6 April 2023 of new rules and a practice direction relating to the attendance at any court hearing of independent domestic violence advisers/independent sexual violence advisers as support to litigants at all levels of the Family Court.