The Joint Directions Hearings Protocol in linked criminal and public law Children Act (care) cases was introduced in Greater Manchester courts in June 2008. The Protocol specifies procedures to be followed for linked direction hearings when criminal and care proceedings are occurring concurrently. The operation of the protocol was reviewed and in June 2009 it was expanded to include child cruelty cases in Greater Manchester.
In November 2007 the Law Society published a good practice guide to assist those working on cases that span the family and criminal jurisdictions. The guide was produced by the Family-Criminal Interface Committee and was commended by the President of the Family Division and the President of the Queen’s Bench Division.