Minutes of a Meeting of the Derby & District Law Society Family Law Committee


Minutes of a Meeting of the Derby & District Law Society

Family Law Committee


Meeting: 12th September 2018






  1. MATTERS ARISING

2 AGENDA ITEMS


2.1 Presentation on drafting Consent Orders

With hopefully appropriate humility, and the disclaimer that she cannot speak for the local judiciary as a group, in place of the normal Family Committee Meeting Fiona gave a presentation from her perspective as a DDJ on Trips and Traps: How to Avoid Consent Application Being Rejected at the EMDU which was well attended and well received. Fiona explained that the EMDU is incredibly under resourced and that the “return rate” on consent applications is not helping matters. The presentation will hopefully assist in highlighting the common errors which frequently occur…and re-occur.


  1. 3.  PERMANENT AGENDA ITEMS
    1. 1. Database

A reminder that the database of Family Practitioners is a very useful method of communicating information to family lawyers locally.  

Could everybody please double check that Members of their Family Team are included.  If you are not included please let Fiona have your email address.  

    1. 2.Training and Education

Nothing to report.

    1. 2.Local Family Justice Board

The Derby Family Local Justice Council was originally set up in 2005.  It was subsequently resurrected as the Local Family Justice Board.  Many Committee Members are Members and if you want to be on the LFJB’s mailing list and be sent information about training events etc please contact Joanne.eaton1@hmc.gsi.gov.uk

    1. 2.Rights of Audience

A timely reminder that experienced Legal Executives can apply to the FPC locally for rights of audience on a generic basis rather than having to apply individually on a case by case basis.  There is a Protocol in force.  Anyone who wants to take advantage of this should contact the Court direct.  

    1. 2.Court User Groups

Nothing to report save as above.

    1. 2.DATE OF NEXT MEETING

7 November 2018 

All meetings at 4pm at Geldards LLP, No.1 Pride Place, Pride Park, Derby DE24 8QR.  Plenty of available free parking.  



Fiona M K Apthorpe

Secretary