Public Law Outline 2014 Update

Sir James Munby, President of the Family Division, published a short summary of the changes in the PLO via his “View from the President’s Chamber”. The summary can be found here.

The Public Law Outline (PLO) 2014 for care, supervision and other Part 4 proceedings came into effect in April 2014. The PLO 2014 updates the pilot PLO that was introduced on July 2013. This follows feedback gathered during the pilot, as well as a targeted consultation undertaken by the Family Procedure Rule Committee during November – December 2013.

The PLO 2014 has been amended so that there is now a window for the Case Management Hearing of ‘not before Day 12 and no later than Day 18’ instead of the fixed ‘by Day 12’. A number of smaller amendments have been made to highlight cases with an international element.

The application form C110A has also been further revised to include applications for emergency protection orders. This will be required for any new applications issued from 22 April. Please note that it will now be possible to apply for Part 4 and EPO proceedings at the same time and on the same form. In addition, the threshold statement and allocation proposal form, which were previously annex documents, have been incorporated into the form.

The PLO 2014, revised C110A, revised PLO flowchart, action research into the PLO pilot and transitional arrangements can be viewed here:

Practice Direction 12A (the PLO 2014)

Updated C110A application form

Updated Public Law Outline flowchart

Action research into the revised Public Law Outline

PLO Pre-proceedings practice diagram

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