Courts to launch online service for care and supervision applications as part of digital family law reforms

Digital family law reforms, which had been held up as a result of Covid-19 disruption, will be rolled out from 14 September 2020, it has been revealed.

The Government said the new online services to process care and supervision applications will be available from this month.

Under the changes, local authorities and legal representatives will be able to create and manage care and supervision applications (under Part 4 of the Children Act 1989), or an Emergency Protection Order (under section 44 of the Children Act 1989) online.

According to the HM Courts & Tribunal Service, the new services will speed up the time in which family public law cases are progressed by courts, legal professionals, local authorities and the judiciary by giving court users the ability to access cases digitally and view tasks that need to be completed before a hearing.

The service will also allow court users to see the status of their case and progress it online, upload and access documents and evidence digitally, and compile, annotate and present bundled digital documents and evidence in hearings.

Commenting on the changes, the Government said: “The new online service to process care and supervision applications will resume its national roll out from 14 September 2020 to improve outcomes for vulnerable children.”

The changes form part of wide-ranging justice and family public law reforms, which intend to establish a national end-to-end digital service for individuals and/or their legal representatives to make an application to legally end a marriage or civil partnership and resolve associated financial issues.

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Alison Green
Alison joined Mackrell.Solicitors in 1989 and qualified as a solicitor in 1991, becoming a partner in the firm in 2010. Her expertise covers matrimonial work, including divorce and the associated financial and children issues; pre and post-nuptial agreements; co-habitation disputes; civil partnership agreements and the breakdown of civil partnerships.