Issue Resolution Hearings

Posted on Sunday, 30th Aug, 2015 at 11:56:33 PM
Issue Resolution Hearings (IRH) are sometimes referred to as pre-hearing review.

At this hearing, the court will see if any agreement can be reached by everybody involved in the case (for example about where your child should live in the long term and/or how much contact your child should have with you). If enough things can be agreed or decided at this hearing there may not need to be a final hearing.

There will also be a decision made as to whether there should be a Finding of Fact hearing.

But if the case is going on to a final hearing, then the Issues Resolution Hearing will also make sure that all reports, statements and papers are ready for the final hearing and decide whether any more information is needed.

The purpose of this hearing is to resolve and narrow issues and identify any remaining key issues in the case, as well as final case management by the court.

The court will issue a case management order at the hearing. It is likely to be the hearing before the final hearing.

The court will:
Identify the key issues (if any) to be determined.
Review and confirm the timetable for the child.
Consider giving case management directions relating to:
any outstanding matter contained in the draft of the case management order;
Preparation and filing of final evidence, including the filing of the completed witness template;
Skeleton arguments;
The preparation and filing of bundles in accordance with the Court bundles Practice Direction; and any agreement regarding the satisfaction of the threshold criteria under section 31 of the Children Act 1989 or facts and issues remaining to be determined in relation to it or to any welfare question that arises.

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By John Burton (from Chester) on 31-Aug-2015
Could I ask what the difference is with a Case Management Hearing
By Caroline Roberts (from North Wales) on 31-Aug-2015
The purpose of the CMH hearing is for the court to look carefully at the care plan, identify key issues, see whether directions given at earlier court hearings have been complied with and what further directions are still needed to prepare the case for the final hearing. The court may also give directions for the assessment of family members as possible future carers of the child or preparation of expert evidence at this hearing if this has not already happened.


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