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Fact-Finding Hearings and the Implementation of the President’s Practice Direction: Residence and Contact Orders: Domestic Violence and Harm

Funder: 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.


Name Telephone Email Office
Dr Adrienne Barnett Dr Adrienne Barnett
Reader in Law
T: +44 (0)1895 265198
+44 (0)1895 265198 Elliott Jaques 059


Hunter, R. and Barnett, A. (2013) 'Fact-finding hearings and the implementation of Practice Direction 12J'. Family Law, 43. pp. 431 - 447.

Journal article