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Kate Dowdalls QC to chair AFLA Seminar 4th June

Advocates Family Law Association Seminar

4th June 2015 - 4.30-5.45pm, MacKenzie Building, High Street, Edinburgh

“The Draft Protocol for Family Cases and Affidavits” 

A draft Protocol established by the Family Law Judge, Lord Brailsford, for the effective case management of family law cases in the Court of Session has been in use for the last two and a half years. The draft Protocol has changed and developed over that period.  The purpose of this seminar is to highlight the specific terms of the current version of the draft Protocol and to discuss its continuing use in family law cases. It is to the advantage of practitioners, counsel and solicitors alike, and clients that family law cases are actively managed by the court and there is little doubt that effective case management assists in identifying the issues and expediting the progress of an action. The use of the draft Protocol has already assisted in expediting family cases over the period of its operation.

The seminar will be chaired by Kate Dowdalls QC.  Janys Scott QC will present the terms of the draft Protocol and discuss how practice in the Court of Session has developed on the basis of the draft Protocol.

Lynda Brabender will talk briefly about affidavits in family cases.  In particular she will set out the respective responsibilities of solicitors and counsel in relation to the preparation of affidavits in family law cases.

There will be an opportunity to ask questions and to discuss the draft Protocol.  This is an important opportunity to consider how well it functions and how case management is developing in the Court of Session and in the Sheriff Court.

Coffee and light refreshments will be served from 4.15pm.

Places are limited and will be allocated on a “first come first served” basis.  Unless delegates are notified to the contrary a reservation will secure a place at the seminar.

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