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The Gatekeeping and Allocation – Care Proceedings Pilot: Evaluation by Manchester Metropolitan University

Date:8 OCT 2013

Professor Hugh McLaughlin Kathryn Newton Ann Potter                   

Manchester Metropolitan University


The Greater Manchester Gatekeeping and Allocation Pilot ran between April 2012 and July 2013.  All care proceedings work in Greater Manchester is centralised and all the magistrates legal advisers and judges are located in one court centre as will be the case following the introduction of the Single Family Court.

The Pilot comprised a district judge and a FPC Legal Adviser meeting between 10.00 and 11.00 am each working day to consider all newly issued proceedings from the preceding day and to determine allocation to the FPC the county court or the High Court. 

This evaluation of the Pilot was carried out by a research team at Manchester Metropolitan University (Professor Hugh McLaughlin Kathryn Newton and Ann Potter).  It consists of an analysis of the...

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