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Being a tattle-tale is not nice but informing the court about non-compliance is imperative, even if it makes you feel uncomfortable, urges Noel Arnold

20 August 2014

Reforms to the operation of care and supervision proceedings are firmly in place. To an extent, practitioners benefited from a ‘head start’ as the new test for permission to instruct expert evidence and the 26-week time limit were introduced early through changes to the FPR 2010 and, in respect of the latter, the revised public law outline (PLO).

Most of the family justice provisions of the Children and Families Act 2014 (CFA 2014) came
into force on 22 April. Collectively, these bring
about the most significant legislative reform to family proceedings for decades. The CFA 2014
does not contain provisions about compliance
with court orders but the clear messages from
the reported family cases of late are that strict compliance with orders is necessary and deviation cannot be tolerated.

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