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President issues fresh guidance on jurisdiction and allocation in the Family Court

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The President seeks to clarify the position, which is the cause of "considerable confusion"

  • The Guidance deals with six topics:

    1. The family court and its relationship with the High Court.
    2. The jurisdiction of the family court.
    3. The allocation of matters as between the family court and the High Court.
    4. The allocation of matters within the family court.
    5. The transfer of matters from the family court to the High Court.
    6. Transfer: general principles.

    In particular, The President explains that 

    A transfer of a case to the High Court to be heard by a judge of that court is not the same thing as an allocation of a case within the family court to a judge of High Court judge level. This is a crucial distinction which still too often appears to be overlooked.

    The full Guidance can be downloaded from the panel on the right.

Published: 28/02/2018

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