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Wednesday
May152013

Family Court reform picking up speed

The working group on family court reform convened by Lord Brailsford will be recommending significant changes to procedures in family cases.

In a speech last week Lord Brailsford indicated that the working group will recommend that much more of each case should be conducted on paper and that specialist family sheriffs should take responsibility for case management and impose strict timetables.

These measures should prevent ex-partners from using the courtroom as avenue for continuing their own unresolved issues.

He also supports greater use of technology in the hearing of evidence, including video- and tele-conferencing. He gave the example of a recent Hague convention child abduction case in which evidence was heard using on online connection with a party litigant in Melbourne.

Families Need Fathers Scotland has offered to give our views on court reform to the working group.

A change to Sheriff Court rules that comes into force on June 3rd is intended to speed up proceedings in cases involving disputes over the care of children.

Before a proof hearing, a case management hearing will take place in order to consider the issues.  Before that hearing parties will have to to meet to discuss settlement, agree matters not in dispute and discuss what should be presented to the sheriff at the case management hearing.

This should help to streamline the proof hearing, as well as exploring any possible resolution beforehand.