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Family Courts: Domestic Abuse

Question for Ministry of Justice

UIN HL1458, tabled on 7 September 2017

To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that finding of fact hearings are undertaken within family court proceedings where there are allegations of domestic abuse.

Answered on

19 September 2017

A revised Practice Direction 12J has been made by the President of the Family Division and approved by Ministers and is coming into force on 2nd October. This sets out the procedure governing finding of fact hearings in child arrangements cases where domestic abuse is alleged. Application of the practice direction is a matter for the senior judiciary.