Since the last bulletin in February, great progress has been made in relation to the Family Justice Modernisation Programme. Amongst other things, developments include the issuing of a practice direction piloting a revised Public Law Outline in operation from 1 July 2013; the establishment of evaluation arrangements for the pilot; agreeing operating principles for the single Family Court, and commencing the local planning and implementation around these principles. All of this has been achieved through enthusiasm and collaboration between everyone involved in the family justice system and a determination to make a reality of reforms which have been eagerly embraced.
It is with this enthusiasm and dedication in mind that we must look towards what needs to be achieved in the next 12 months. We have now commenced a year long countdown to the introduction of the single Family Court when it is scheduled to be brought in by the changes under the Children and Families Bill and the forthcoming year will be one of transition, preparation and increased collaboration as we move towards April 2014.