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Public Law Outline

Revised April 2014

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 was phased in between 1st July 2013 and 7th October 2013, and ran run until 21 April 2014. An updated Public Law Outline came into effect on 22 April 2014, alongside the statutory 26-week time-limit for completion of care and supervision proceedings under the Children and Families Act 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.

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Public Law Outline