HOW CAN YOUR BARRISTER HELP YOU AS A LITIGANT IN PERSON
INFORMATION ON A SCOTT SCHEDULE FOR A FACT FINDING HEARING
RESPONSIBILITY OF A LITIGANT IN PERSON
Important note: Please note that this information is not intended to be legal advice. You are advised to seek legal advice.
A Scott Schedule For A Fact Finding Hearing
When the court finds that a Fact-Finding hearing under PD 12J is required, the court will direct that the parties set out their allegations in a Scott Schedule, with a witness statement together with any supporting documents upon which you wish to rely.
A Scott Schedule is a schedule or table, which is used in court proceedings in the Family Court in order to clearly set out the allegations of the parties.
The court will make directions for parties to submit a Scott Schedule and this will generally be required in advance of a fact-finding hearing.
A fact-finding hearing is a hearing that takes place before the final hearing; a court hearing where the Judge will determine allegations of abuse, raised by the parties.
Your barrister can provide legal advice and guidance on the preparation of your evidence for a fact-finding hearing.
A Scott Schedule ought to be concise and focused. The allegations ought to be relevant and relate to incidents of domestic abuse, financial abuse or child safeguarding issues including coercive or controlling behaviour.
Fact Finding Hearing
The court may limit the number of allegations to be raised by each party. The Court may make other directions such as parties are to file and serve on the court and other parties, a witness statement and other evidence in support of the allegations raised.
Given the complexity of a Fact-Finding hearing and the importance of the evidence and case preparation, and the serious consequences of findings by the court against a party, this will invariably have a direct impact on the outcome of the final hearing.
Your barrister can provide legal advice and guidance on the preparation of a fact-finding hearing, ensuring that you put forward your strongest case whilst challenging the other side’s allegations through rigorous case analysis and cross-examination.
Preparation of a Scott Schedule
A Scott Schedule should ideally contain the following:
Number: Number the allegations
Date: The date that the incident occurred on which the allegation is based
Allegation: Keep this concise as it can be expanded on in a witness statement and through verbal evidence.
Reference: A reference can be provided which directs the reader to a statement or piece of evidence that informs of the allegation.
Response: Leave this column blank if preparing the Scott Schedule, as it will be for the other party to fill in. The individual writing the response will need to confirm whether they admit or deny the allegation and can provide a concise response.
Reference: The individual writing the response can also reference a statement or piece of evidence that informs of the allegation if applicable.
Judge’s finding: This space should be left blank and it will be for the Judge to fill in with their findings.
Chambers of Helen Alexander-Direct Public Access-Family Court Barrister