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President backs Settlement Conferences Pilot

Views published in Guidance Note

  • The President of the Family Division, Sir James Munby, has issued guidance for a pilot study of settlement conferences and how they are working in practice.

    In it he notes that these conferences are being piloted in several DFJ areas and that, while he accepts that "opinions on settlement conferences are divided" he feels that "it is an approach that is worth piloting in order to inform decisions on whether to take them further."

    He goes to say that, 

    This pilot has my full support. I am keen that we understand whether, and how, this approach can lead to appropriate outcomes for children and families in a less adversarial context. 

    The guidance also sets out links to various training materials and strategies that the President encourages judges and professionals to use and which have been developed from feedback from those already involved in piloting the scheme.

    You can read the full note on the Judiciary website here.

News, published: 06/07/2017


Published: 06/07/2017


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