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Interim Report of the Children and Vulnerable Witnesses Working Group, 31st July 2014


Consultation issued by the President of the Family Division

The Working Group (headed by Hayden J and Russell J ) was set up by Sir James Munby, President of the Family Division with the following aims which were set out in the 12th  “View from the President’s Chambers” published on 4th June 2014,

Firstly, it is time to review the Family Justice Council’s April 2010 Guidelines for Judges Meeting Children who are Subject to Family Proceedings [2010] 2 FLR 1872, particularly in the light of the Court of Appeal’s recent decision in Re KP [2014] EWCA Civ 554.

Secondly, it is time to review the Family Justice Council’s Working Party’s December 2011 Guidelines on Children Giving Evidence in Family Proceedings [2012] Fam Law 79.

Thirdly, there is a pressing need for to address the wider issue of vulnerable people giving evidence in family proceedings.

Views on the proposals in the interim report are requested from individuals and organisations. They should be sent to the email address by 5pm on Friday 3 October 2014 if possible.