As usual for this time of year, January has been a fairly quiet month for family law news, following the Christmas and New Year break. However, there have been some interesting developments.
Further restrictions of court document length
On 19 January the President issued a memorandum consulting on proposed amendments
to the Bundles Practice Direction - PD 27A. The memorandum contains proposals to restrict the length of core documents such as position statements, case summaries and skeleton arguments. If you want to make your views on this issue known, responses are due by 1 March and should be sent by email
to Andrew Shaw.
In a similar vein, Mostyn J published revised guidance
on the efficient conduct of financial remedy proceedings further restricting the length of documents used in financial remedy applications in the High Court. The revised guidance takes effect from 1 February.
No fault divorce
The government is expected to debate the 'no fault divorce' bill
for the second time on 29 January. The Private Member's Bill was introduced by Richard Bacon MP in October 2015, and is expected to progress to a second reading debate on 11 March.
Family Law Update
The first two dates in the Family Law Update schedule
took place in January: the first in Newcastle, and the second in Cambridge. Both events were well received, providing comprehensive insight into some of the important issues in family law.
The Update at each location provides detailed commentary on a variety of aspects of practice and procedure, including bundles, confidentiality and publicity and Family Procedure Rules changes, together with particular areas such as judgment summons, setting aside and recusal.
The next session is Birmingham on 4 February. There are plenty more Updates still to come across the country and places are still available.
There are plenty more Updates still to come across the country and places are still available.