The long awaited Public Law Outline will replace the existing Protocol for Judicial Case Management in Public Law Children Act Cases from 1 April 2008. The Public Law Outline aims to reduce unnecessary delay and is designed to promote better co-operation between all the parties involved in care and supervision cases.
Under the PLO, the current six stages of the court process will be reduced to four. The court will set an appropriate timetable for the case, focused around the needs of the individual child. The PLO also promotes better case management and earlier identification of the key issues.