Family Court Proceedings

Police involvement in Family Court Proceedings

The Police become involved in Family Court Proceedings either following an Order being made against the Chief Constable seeking disclosure of information or when the Police seek information from the family court to assist an on-going investigation.

 

The Process of disclosure in Family Court

The 2013 Protocol and Good Practice Model often referred to as “the protocol” sets out the procedure for information sharing between partner agencies.

Please ensure the requests for Police Disclosure are submitted in line with the West Yorkshire Police Disclosure Protocol as follows:

 

To improve the efficiency in the processing of Police Disclosure within court proceedings, please ensure only relevant incidents and materials are requested for disclosure and that an effective use of Annex D and H requests is utilised in accordance with the West Yorkshire Disclosure Protocol. Please note an Annex H with over 15 occurrences requested for disclosure could be viewed as excessive and result in a C2 application.

Please see the Annex D and directed Annex H templates below.

 

All Court Orders and requests from Family Court Proceedings must be sent to the SPOC in the force which is the Disclosure Unit.

Orders which are generated from Public law proceedings must be sent to: [email protected]

Orders generated from Private Law Proceedings must be sent to: [email protected]

Please see the National Policing Guidelines on Charging for Polices Services for information on the services for which the police force is entitled to recover costs.

Please see the below regarding the changes to the cost recovery fees for Private Family Law disclosure requests with effect from 1st June 2020.

 

During the Covid-19 pandemic, resources might have to be diverted away from business as usual, and there may be a need to prioritise other areas of work across the organisation. We ask for your understanding if delays are experienced whilst we are dealing with your requests. Although every effort will be made to ensure a response is provided within statutory deadlines, due to current circumstances delays may be unavoidable. We apologise for any inconvenience and will endeavour to process your request as quickly as is practicable

 

The ICO have made a related statement, which can be accessed here:

https://ico.org.uk/about-the-ico/news-and-events/news-and-blogs/2020/03/data-protection-and-coronavirus/

 

 

Page last reviewed June 2020