The material on this page relates to the Family Court and Family Division of the High Court. We have included guidance and materials for all aspects of the courts including public law children, private law children, child abduction, matrimonial finance, domestic abuse, forced marriage and female genital mutilation.

During the pandemic a number of Guidelines and Practice Directions have been issued.

On this page we set those out together with other relevant documents including support material provided by the Northern Circuit Coronavirus Task Force.

General Court Material

Attended Hearings - Key Messages- HHJ Singleton QC, DFJ Greater Manchester (June 2020)

The Family Court and COVID-19: The Road Ahead (The President 09.06.20)

Guidance on PDF Bundles  - the President, the SPJ and Mann J (26.05.20)

The Remote Access Family Court (v.4) Mr Justice MacDonald

Clarification of Message from the Lord Chief Justice and the President (FLBA)

Guidance to judges issued by the Lord Chief Justice and the President (14.04.20)

Family Court listing priorities (06.04.20)

Greater Manchester (HHJ Singleton)

Liverpool Update (HHJ De Haas QC & HHJ Parker)

Carlisle Reporting pilot TIG - Litigants in person

Carlisle Reporting pilot - Guidance


Private Law Reforms During Covid19 Pandemic Manchester Proposals (September 2020)

Assessing Risk of Harm to Children and Parents in Private Law Children Cases - final report

Assessing Risk of Harm to Children and Parents in Private Law Children Cases - literature review

Assessing Risk of Harm to Children and Parents in Private Law Children Cases - implementation plan

Re C (Children) (Covid-19: Representation) (10.06.20)

Re Q (President 06.05.20)

A Local Authority v Mother [2020] EWHC 1086 (Fam) 

Re B(Children)(Remote Hearing: Interim Care Order)

Re A (Children) (Remote

Hearing: Care and Placement Orders)

Re P (A Child: Remote Hearing) -President of the Family Division

Message from the President - COVID19 - Private Law Working Group  

Making C100 Applications

Template Orders for Liverpool

President's Guidance on Compliance with Family Court Child Arrangement Orders

Transparency Implementation Group

Transparency Final Order

TIG Pilot

Matrimonial Finance

CFC Financial Remedies Notice (24.04.20)

Clarification Note from Mostyn J and  HHJ Hess

Temporary Working Guidance 

RH1A Form

CTF & Other Material

Manchester CJC Visit (29.05.20)

Report on hybrid hearings in family cases at the Manchester Civil Justice Centre: Technology challenges and solutions

Contact during lockdown

The effects of digital contact on children’s well-being

CTF Family Update (May 2020 updated links)

CTF Financial Remedies update (07.05.20)

CTF Family Update (06.05.20)

Remote Hearings Rapid Review  - Nuffield Family Justice Observatory (06.05.20)

View from the President (06.05.20)

A Consultation on Remote Hearings by the President (14.4.2020)

Government Guidance Support for Victims of Domestic Abuse during Covid 19 (14.04.20)

Guidance for local authorities on Children’s social care in this pandemic

CTF Family Briefing Note (03.04.20)

CTF Family Briefing Note (01.04.20)

FLBA guide to video conferencing platforms

DFHE Guide for Vulnerable Children and Young people (01.04.20)


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