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After initial problems are ironed out, the Family Court will be fit for purpose

April 22 marked the day that the new Family Court came into existence

29 April 2014

The move should allow cases to be moved between one level of judiciary and the other with complete flexibility, and without the need for formal transfers.

As our flagship office is based in Liverpool, which started operating the new system in February this year, the family department has gained a rare insight into the workings of the new system.

Since February 3, all child applications have been sent to Liverpool Civil and Family Court for allocation prior to the cases being heard. Therefore, a Children Act application that will be heard in the nearby town of Birkenhead, for example, needs to be issued at Liverpool first. Depending on the seriousness of the case and the contents of the application, the court will then allocate an appropriate judge to hear the application.

The new system reflects two trends, the c...

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