Care proceedings

8/1/21: URGENT APPLICATIONS – Message from HHJ Parker DFJ for Cheshire and Merseyside:

An issue has arisen as to the interpretation of paragraph 3 of the Local Practice Direction relating to urgent family applications to the District and Circuit Bench on the Northern Circuit issued by the FDLJ on 5th November 2020.

For the avoidance of any doubt the requirement in paragraph 3 namely;

“Applicants for urgent orders will be required to justify on evidence why a case is said to meet the criteria for urgency.  

Applications must be accompanied by a statement which includes an explanation of why the case is said to meet the criteria for urgency,

and a draft of the order sought following the President’s standard format;”

DOES NOT REQUIRE that the statement must be in a separate document PROVIDED that the application itself contains the evidence required

to enable the gatekeeper or allocated judge to assess the degree of urgency.

If the application does not contain sufficient information and there is no accompanying statement then the application will simply be given a normal listing.

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