Custody Time Limits – Impact on Children

Just for Kids Law are currently collating examples from members of the Bar with cases involving children affected by the recent extension to custody time limits (which took effect on 28th September 2020).

Following correspondence from Just for Kids Law, The Howard League and Liberty, an impact assessment was published which accepted a disproportionate impact upon children and BAME defendants. This was said to be justified by the backlog in the Courts caused by Covid-19. Conversely, all practitioners will be acutely aware of the pre-existing backlog caused by the reduction in sitting days and cuts.

Pre-action correspondence has been entered into and JFKL are seeking to identify the impact of the provisions & collate data for the purpose of a judicial review challenge.

Please email [email protected] or [email protected] with your examples.

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