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28 July 2020

The Family Justice Council will hold its seventh Open Meeting on 19 October 2020

July 7 2020
Family Justice Council: applications invited from Paediatricians- closing date extended to noon on 24 August

July 7 2020

Appointment of new member to the Family Justice Council

We are pleased to announce the following appointment to the Council: Mavis Amonoo- Acquah as the new Barrister member.
The appointment is for three years from July 2020.  The post is unremunerated.  The appointments process for each post was conducted in line with the principles set out in the Governance Code on Public Appointments.

15 June 2020
Message from the President of the Family Division

25 March 2020
Coronavirus Crisis – Guidance for parents whose children are the subject of Child Arrangement Orders made by the Family Court

2 January 2020
Appointment of new member to the Family Justice Council
We are pleased to announce the following appointment to the Council: Jenny Beck as the new Private Law Solicitor member
The appointment is for three years from January 2020.  The post is unremunerated.  The appointments process for each post was conducted in line with the principles set out in the Governance Code on Public Appointments.

20 December 2019
Family Justice Council – 13th Annual Debate
The Family Justice Council held its 13th Annual Debate and panel discussion in London on Wednesday, 4 December 2019, from 5-7pm. The motion was
Do separating parents need the Family Court?
NB: A podcast of the debate is available to listen to. A transcript of the debate is available to read.

1 July 2019
Guidance on the Treatment of Pensions on Divorce – a guide for professionals
The Family Justice Council is pleased to announce the publication of A Guide to the Treatment of Pensions on Divorce. Produced by the multidisciplinary Pensions Advisory Group, with the support of the Council, the report provides a clear good practice guide for family judges, lawyers and pension experts.  It hopes to improve communication amongst the professionals and help address the shortfall in understanding about how they should deal with the valuation, sharing or offsetting of pension fund assets in divorce settlements.  Further information can be found at: https://www.nuffieldfoundation.org/news/new-good-practice-guide-addresses-shortfall-understanding-how-treat-pensions-divorce

24 May 2019
Interim Guidance on Special Guardianship

1. This interim guidance is issued by the Family Justice Council with the approval of the Sir Andrew McFarlane, President of the Family Division, in response to some of the issues identified in Re P-S (Children) [2018] EWCA Civ 1407. Its primary purpose is to address cases where an extension to the statutory 26-week time limit is sought in order to assess potential special guardians, more fully, within public law proceedings.
2. In producing this guidance, the Council has worked closely with the President’s Public Law Working Group, chaired by Mr Justice Keehan and with the researchers commissioned by the Nuffield Family Justice Observatory, and led by CoramBAAF in partnership with Lancaster University, to review the research evidence on special guardianship. More comprehensive guidance on public law is expected later in the year but the Council felt there was a need to provide some interim guidance on special guardianship to assist practitioners, now, and to help start the process of change.

24 May 2019
Timetabling and timescales for full Family and Friends Assessments
It has become evident that Directions are being made for completion of full Family and Friends Assessments in unachievably short timescales, sometimes between 6 – 8 weeks, in the mistaken belief that compliance with the 26 week timescale is the determinative priority in the management of a case.

22 March 2019
FJC Conference and Bridget Lindley Memorial Lecture 2019 – Thresholds for state intervention
The Family Justice Council conference and Bridget Lindley Memorial Lecture took place on 12th March 2019

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