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20 July 2020

For Attention Of Family Practitioners:Ards and Lisburn FPC

Administrative Review Lists for Week commencing 10th August

Guidance issued by the Office of the Lord Chief Justice on 12th and 22nd May set out plans for administrative reviews of Family Proceedings Courts (FPC). 

Separate, more detailed guidance, should be consulted for Family Proceedings (all tiers) and for Family Proceedings Centre (FPC) Pilot : Ards & Lisburn  - these are reviewed and updated regularly.

Representatives should identify their cases from the attached list, and collaboratively complete and lodge Form FCI1 by email to the relevant court office by 31st July 2020.   It is essential that the forms are completed as comprehensively as possible on the most up to date version of the FCI1 Form (attached) to narrow the issues to be determined by the judge. Email addresses for court offices can be found in Annex A.  The subject line of your email should state ‘FPC Review’.

During week commencing 10th August 2020, the judge will review all cases listed, considering the forms received, together with any relevant documents lodged, and determine whether each matter can be dealt with administratively or will require a hearing.  Where the judge determines a review hearing is required the parties will be notified of the arrangements.  Practitioners should note that the judge may also make orders/ directions in cases even where no forms have been lodged, and Orders / Directions will be available via ICOS as normal.

Any queries regarding the administrative reviews should be directed to the relevant court office.



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