In addition to the Children and Families Act, a single Family Court has been created as part of the revisions to the family justice system; but how will this alter the handling of family proceedings?
The 22nd April 2014 has seen the establishment of a single Family Court, in addition to the enactment of the Children and Families Act 2014. This means that Family Proceedings Courts have ceased to operate, Magistrates’ Courts and the new single County Court are not able to hear family proceedings cases and that the High Court may only hear upon a limited number of matters expressly reserved for High Court address.
Having a single Family Court simplifies matters as you won’t have to figure out whether you should be making your application to the county court or magistrates’ court; your application will simply be made to the Family Court.
The aim of the single Family Court is to provide court users with effective access to justice. It will also aim to improve the efficiency of the justice system as a whole and to allow magistrates, legal advisers and the judiciary to work together more closely.
In terms of authority, the Family Court can issue any court order which could have been made by the High Court, had the proceedings been held in the High Court; or the county court, had the proceedings been held in the county court.
As the Family Court is a national court, it may hear cases anywhere in England and Wales, and it is possible for it to sit in any county or magistrates court buildings.
Brendan Fleming Solicitors are nationally recognized as a leading choice in the area of care work. We are justifiably proud of our expertise and our success rate. We are contracted to the Legal Services Commission for this type of work and are considered to be one of the leading national firms for publicly funded services.
Our principal, Brendan Fleming, has won a reputation for his innovative approach, spearheading many new ways of securing justice for families caught in the care proceedings trap. He is a member of a select children’s panel and recognized and approved by the Law Society.
If your case is to be heard in the single Family Court and you need assistance and guidance, see how we can help you: contact Brendan Fleming Solicitors today.