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Public Law Outline

Revised July 2013

The Public Law Outline: Guide to Case Management in Public Law Proceedings came into force with effect from 6th April 2010.  This followed on from previous statutory guidance for local authorities effective from 2008, which resulted from  the Review of the Child Care Proceedings  System in England and Wales. A Pilot Scheme of a revised Public Law Outline is being phased in between 1st July 2013 and 7th October 2013, and will run until 31st March 2014. 

The Public Law Outline sets out streamlined case management procedures for dealing with public law children's cases. The aim is to identify and focus on the key issues for the child, with the aim of making the best decisions for the child within the timetable set by the Court, and avoiding the need for unnecessary evidence or hearings.

The aim is to complete cases within 26 weeks.