Court forms seeking views of children revamped
Court forms used to seek the views of children in family and civil partnership actions are to be replaced with revamped child-friendly versions.
The Family Law Committee of the Scottish Civil Justice Council has carried out work on an instrument that will replace the current court form.
Among other things, the new instrument makes provision about the point at which the form should be sent, who should send it and ensures the child’s views are sought when a party makes an application after final decree.
The SCJC has consulted children and young people, as well as a number of organisations that work with and represent them, about how the existing forms could be improved.
The committee has incorporated many of the suggestions and feedback received from children and young people and a graphic designer was appointed to give the forms a more colourful and child-friendly appearance.
The Act of Sederunt (Rules of the Court of Session 1994 and Ordinary Cause Rules 1993 Amendment) (Views of the Child) 2019 was laid before the Scottish Parliament on Friday.
The rules come into force on 24 June 2019.