Disclosure of Information for the Purpose of Family Proceedings
Northumbria Police works closely with the Family Court and those going through family proceedings to help ensure proceedings run smoothly and to make sure the Court has everything it needs to make decisions in relation to children and families.
There are two types of proceedings in the family court:-
1) Those brought by the Local Authority (called public law proceedings). These are usually where the Local Authority is making an application for a care order or supervision order.
2) Those brought by a member of the public (called private law proceedings). These are usually where a couple wants to divorce or needs the court to make a decision about who should care for a child and what sort of contact should take place between the child and another person.
Sometimes information is held by Northumbria Police which is relevant to both types of proceedings.
In public law proceedings the Local Authority will request information from the police. In private law proceedings a request can be made by those involved (usually the mother or father of the child and/or the husband or wife seeking a divorce).
Sometimes the application will be made by the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (CAFCASS) if the court would like a report from an independent person giving them some information about where a child should live or who the child should have contact with.
Before you get to the point of proceedings you might need to apply for legal aid. You can speak to a solicitor about this and they will tell you what you might need to do to qualify. If you have been the victim of domestic abuse then you are likely to qualify for legal aid but you will need some evidence to support your claim.
If you think that Northumbria Police has information that could be relevant to a case you are involved in that is being dealt with by the family court or you need evidence to support your legal aid application, then you can make a request for that information by contacting us by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org