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Fact-finding hearings and domestic abuse in Private Law children proceedings – Guidance for Judges and Magistrates

5th May 2022



In March 2022 I invited Lady Justice Macur to form a small group with the task of producing short, clear and practical guidance for judges and magistrates concerning fact finding hearings and domestic abuse in Private Law children proceedings in the Family Court. I am extremely grateful to Macur LJ and her team who have, in the short time available, conducted a useful survey of salaried and fee-paid judges before producing this guidance, which I now approve and publish.

Sir Andrew McFarlane
President of the Family Division
5 May 2022


1. Make every hearing count. Do not sanction short hearings or agree to insufficient preparation time for the first or other case management hearings on the basis that things can be ‘sorted out’ next time. Seize the opportunity to probe. Remain ‘in control’ throughout. Strive to achieve judicial continuity and take ownership of the case. Remember delay is inimical to child welfare.

Read the full article here: JUDICIARY.UK

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