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PSL Essential Update – View from the President’s Chambers and Review of Practice Direction 12J FPR 2010

Date:20 JAN 2017

In a  nutshell:

The President of the Family Division has produced his 16th View from the President’s Chambers entitled ‘Children and vulnerable witnesses – where are we?’  released in conjunction with a report from The Honourable Mr Justice Cobb reviewing and proposing a draft revised Practice Direction 12J FPR 2010 – Child Arrangement and Contact Orders: Domestic Violence and Harm.


19 January 2017 (released for publication on 20 January 2017).

This topic stretches back to June 2014 when the President’s 12th View announced the Children and Vulnerable Witnesses Working Group (CVWWG); one of their key aims being the need to address vulnerable people giving evidence in family proceedings. This issue has been ongoing in the years since with many calls from the President for urgent ministerial attention to attend to the imbalance in procedure between the criminal courts and the Family Court.

The report from Mr Justice Cobb was delivered to the President in November 2016 and has been published in conjunction with the latest View.

Key  points:

The View

The View focuses on the evolution of attempts made to change the current position vulnerable witnesses and children can find...

Read the full article here.