About the Family Law Week blog

The Family Law Week Blog is a companion site to Family Law Week. It complements the news, cases and articles published on Family Law Week with additional comment and coverage of the wider aspects of family law.

The Blog is edited by Jacqui Gilliatt, of 4 Brick Court and Lucy Reed, of St Johns Chambers.

Wednesday, 9 April 2008

PLO in Practice

It would be great to hear from other practitioners about how they are finding the PLO and what different courts are up to. For example, are courts changing their listing practices and not listing cases until the IRH? I am aware that in Medway the court is using Fridays as a directions day, Monday to Thursdays are being used for hearings and cases are no longer being listed for 5 days but for 4 on the basis that each case should get a clear start and the undivided attention of the Judges. Some Judges are refusing to hear cases unless the PLO documentation is submitted by email by a certain time the day before the listed hearing. Some Judges are insisting that hearings should only be referred to as one of the stages of the PLO and not called directions hearings (ie they are CMCs or IRHs). FPCs are taking even more of an age to wade through the checklists and standard directions. Also anecdotal evidence suggests that a lot of local authorities are issuing cases like fury before the fee increase expected on 5th May. What's happening in your neck of the woods?

And by the way have you signed up to the Family Law Week CPD service and looked at / listened to my slides / podcast on the PLO?

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