'Draft Court Rules: Adoption and Children Act 2002 - domestic
adoption cases will be managed in the courts.
Family justice minister Lord Filkin said:
'For the first time these new court rules will provide a single,
comprehensive set of rules across the courts, from the high court to
magistrates' courts and adoption centres.
'These will replace the current adoption rules and provide coherence
across the different levels of courts in England and Wales.
'This should make adoption cases easier to manage and follow for
court users. It is a measure of our commitment to securing the best
for children and for those who use the courts.'
The Adoption and Children Act 2002, which received Royal Assent in
November 2002, reformed the legal framework for adoptions in England
The Department for Constitutional Affairs (DCA) will also shortly be
issuing two separate consultations concerned with adoptions with a
foreign element and changes that will mean a wider range of options
for the courts when considering what is best for the child. Anyone
interested in this consultation should contact the DCA at the address
1. Copies of the consultation paper can be obtained from: Jean
Waygood, Department for Constitutional Affairs, Adoption and Care
Branch, Fourth Floor West, Selborne House, 54 Victoria Street, London
SW1E 6QW. Telephone 020 7210 2674; Fax 020 7210 9681; email
2. The consultation paper on the court rules relating to domestic
adoptions and placement is also available here.
Responses to the consultation should
be sent to Jean Waygood at the above address by 31 August 2004.
3. It is expected the rules will come into effect in Septe mber 2005
to allow the courts and practitioners to prepare and train.