Fact-Finding Hearings and the Implementation of the President’s Practice Direction: Residence and Contact Orders: Domestic Violence and HarmFunder: Family Justice Council
Duration: January 2011 - January 2013
Professor Rosemary Hunter (Principal Investigator) and Adrienne Barnett (co-investigator) were awarded a grant by the Family Justice Council to undertake national research in order to determine whether Practice Direction 12J to the Family Procedure Rules 2010, which stipulates best practice for courts when adjudicating on residence and contact disputes where allegations of domestic violence are made was operating in the way it was intended to do; and if not what problems were being experienced with its implementation; and finally, what steps may be necessary to overcome any such problems. A national online survey was administered to judges, magistrates, family court advisers employed by CAFCASS, family lawyers and other interested parties. Both quantitative and qualitative data was obtained and analysed thematically.
Dr Adrienne Barnett
Reader in Law
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Hunter, R. and Barnett, A. (2013) 'Fact-finding hearings and the implementation of Practice Direction 12J'. Family Law, 43. pp. 431 - 447.