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The ABE Guidelines 2022 – What’s changed, what’s not and what’s new?

Date:4 MAY 2022
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Darren Howe QC, 1 Crown Office Row
Hope Spalding, 1 Crown Office Row

This article examines the updated ABE Guidelines released in January 2022, noting the significant changes and identifying whether, overall, the amendments and additions will have any impact on the conduct of cases in the Family Court. The 2022 update has been a long time coming, with the last version being in 2011. Many will be pleased to discover that the main elements of the guidance remain the same. However, some important new considerations have been added. For example, a specific section concerning the management of complex cases, involving multiple victims or perpetrators is now included. There is also a new a section concerning the impact of 'Trauma' on vulnerable witnesses and the evidence they provide. This article is essential reading for all those appearing in cases involving vulnerable witness evidence. 


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