PRACTICE DIRECTION 36Q: PILOT PROVISION: MODIFICATION OF PRACTICE DIRECTION 12B – CORONAVIRUS
This practice direction supplements rule 36.2 FPR (transitional arrangements and pilot schemes)
1.1 This practice direction is made under rule 36.2 of the Family Procedure Rules. It is intended to assess modifications to Practice Direction 12B that may be necessary during the coronavirus pandemic and the need to ensure that the administration of justice is carried out so as not to endanger public health and so as to take account of available resources.
1.2 This Practice Direction ceases to have effect on 31 March 2022.
1.3 Practice Direction 12B (child arrangements programme) is modified by inserting after paragraph 7.2-
“7.3 Local practices and initiatives can be operated differently to the framework where such practices or initiatives are:
a)operated during the coronavirus pandemic to ensure that the administration of justice is carried out so as not to endanger public health and to take account of available resources; and
b)approved by the local Designated Family Judge, after consultation with Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service and with Cafcass or Cafcass Cymru.
7.4 Where any local practices and initiatives are put in place under paragraph 7.2 or 7.3, the local Designated Family Judge working with Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service must ensure that parties, their legal representatives, relevant local support organisations and Local Authorities are given information about the detail of those local practices and initiatives."