Please click here for the ALC's guidance to members on “Settlement Conferences” in public law proceedings.
Based on the very limited information available, we currently have serious concerns about the proposals and whether or not they constitute a fair and judicial process.
Reforming Family Justice:
Sir James Munby issues monthly Views from his Chambers:
Click here to read 1st View from the President's Chambers - April 13
Click here to read 2nd View from the President's Chambers - 3 May 13
Click here to read 3rd View from the President's Chambers - 13 June 13
Click here to read 4th View from the President's Chambers - 12 July 13 with Annex B and Annex C
Click here to read 5th View from the President's Chambers - 10 Aug 13 with Annex
Read the latest 14th View from the President's Chambers - 15 August 16
Read here the President's view on the Court of Protection - 20 Oct 13
Click here to read all the Views and additional documents that the President has issued to date.
Read the President's judgement in the case of Re S (a child)
Read here the 2013 Protocol and Good Practice Model - Disclosure of information in cases of alleged child abuse and linked criminal and care directions hearings, October 2013
Read here the latest revised draft guidance Bundles PD for consultation. 14 January 14
Changes to the District Judge of the Day at the PRFD - Communication from Senior Designated Family Judge
Message from HHJ Altman at the Central Family Court: Dowload the New approach to counter service at the PFRD.
Further message from HHJ Altman regarding building work at the PRFD - information for court users
President's guidance on Gender Recognition Act 2004 issued on 11 March 2014
President's guidance on private law orders CAP 1-4
President's guidance on radicalisation cases 8 Oct 15
From the President's court - a celebration of the Family Justice Reforms - 29 April 2014
President's LASPO judgement in Q v Q 6 August 2014
From the President: On 18 June 2014 Professor Dame Hazel Genn chaired a Seminar at University College, London: Litigants in Person: What can courts do? For the family judges who were present, the most interesting presentation was by Bonnie Rose Hough, of the Center for Families, Children & the Courts, of the Administrative Office of the Courts of California, who spoke on 'Building the Capacity for Justice System Innovation'. Her PowerPoint presentation is fascinating and provides much food for thought. It merits very careful consideration by everyone with any concern about the plight of litigants in person in our family justice system. Not for the first time, there is much we can learn from American innovation
President's guidance - Duration of Ex Parte (Without Notice) Orders 13 October 14
Download guidance for Applying for a Financial Order without the help of a Lawyer
Download the President's judgement in Re R (a child) 16 December 2014
Download the President's judgement in Re A (a child) 17 February 2015
Download the President's judgement in Re L (a child) 26 February 2015
Download guidance on paper billing tips from Civil CCG in Special Children Act cases October 2015
Memorandium from President on Proposed amendments to the bundles PD27 A 19 Jan 2016
The International Child Abduction & Contact Unit (ICACU) has issued guidance about care cases with an international element and a new ICACU form January 2016
Download the President's guidance on Ex Parte (without notice) Orders 18 January 2017