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Family Jurisdiction

Greater Manchester Family Proceedings

A working Party was established in 2006 to consider the development of a model for the future delivery of family justice in Greater Manchester. Since the Working Party was established there were various developments including the opening of Manchester Civil Justice Centre in October 2007, the implementation of Public Law Outline in April 2008 and the Allocation and Transfer of Proceedings Order in November 2008.

In December 2008 HMCS published a consultation regarding the Working Party’s proposal that all public law Children Act 1989 work in Greater Manchester be heard at Manchester Civil Justice Centre. The FJC responded to the consultation in March 2009. Read the documents below:

Allocation and Transfer of Proceedings Order 2008

In June 2008 the FJC provided a response to the HMCS consultation regarding the Allocation and Transfer of Proceedings Order 2008 and Practice Direction.

The objectives of the Order and Practice Direction, which the FJC welcomed, were to ensure that cases are dealt with at the most appropriate level of court and that all judicial resources available to the family justice system are utilised. Read the documents below:

Related Family and Criminal Proceedings

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. Read the document below:

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. Read the document below:

Destination of Appeals Order

In December 2008 the FJC responded to a Ministry of Justice consultation regarding the contents of a new destination of appeals order. Read the document below:

Family Procedure Rules

In August 2006 HMCS published a consultation regarding the policy behind the proposed new family procedure rules which were made by the Family Procedure Rule Committee. The FJC responded to the consultation in December 2006. Read the documents below: