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VIEWS SOUGHT ON COURT RULES FOR ADOPTION

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The government is seeking views on measures to make adoption rules ...
The government is seeking views on measures to make adoption rules

clearer.

'Draft Court Rules: Adoption and Children Act 2002 - domestic

adoption and placement for adoption' outlines the ways in which

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

and Wales.

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

below.

Notes

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

jean.waygood@dca.gsi.gov.uk

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.

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