President’s Guidance on the International Child Abduction and Contact Unit (ICACU) and its role – Judiciary of England and Wales

‘Sir James Munby, President of the Family Division issued guidance on the International Child Abduction and Contact Unit on 10 November 2014.’

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Judiciary of England and Wales, 19th November 2014

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

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Legal aid cuts ‘not thought through early enough’ – BBC News

Posted November 20th, 2014 in family courts, legal aid, legal representation, news, reports by tracey

‘The government did not “think through” its legal aid cuts early enough and “does not know” whether people in need of aid are getting it, a report says. The National Audit Office said £300m a year would eventually be saved but other impacts of changes were unknown.’

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BBC News, 20th November 2014

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

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High Court judge blasts lack of judicial resources to meet care proceedings timings – Local Government Lawyer

Posted November 13th, 2014 in care orders, delay, family courts, judges, news by tracey

‘A High Court judge refused to embark on a final hearing in a complex child care case because of lack of time and the absence of any slack in the family court system to allow for an early hearing, it has emerged.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 13th November 2014

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

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Family Drug and Alcohol Court: A Practitioners’ and Judge’s Perspectives – Family Law Week

Posted November 4th, 2014 in alcohol abuse, care orders, courts, drug abuse, family courts, news, rehabilitation by sally

‘Sarah Jennings & Esther Lieu, 3PB, with District Judge Julie Exton look at the Family Drug and Alcohol Court.’

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Family Law Week, 31st October 2014

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

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Judge attacks legal aid cuts as couple fight to keep their son – The Independent

‘One of Britain’s most senior judges has launched a withering attack on cuts to legal aid after a couple with learning disabilities was not provided with a lawyer to fight the forced adoption of their two-year-old son.’

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The Independent, 31st October 2014

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Legal aid cuts denied mother a fair hearing, says senior judge – The Guardian

‘A senior family court judge has condemned the injustice of the newly pared-back legal aid system after an illiterate mother of four, with poor sight and hearing, was forced to represent herself in a court hearing over the custody of her children.’

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The Guardian, 2nd November 2014

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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Finance & Divorce Update – Family Law Week

‘Jessica Craigs, senior solicitor of Mills & Reeve LLP analyses the financial remedies and divorce news and cases published by Family Law Week during September.’

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Family Law Week, 5th October 2014

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

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UK court annuls 180 Italian divorces registered to Maidenhead mailbox – The Guardian

Posted October 1st, 2014 in divorce, family courts, fraud, Italy, news by tracey

‘Maidenhead might, until this week, have claimed to be the divorce capital of Italy. One hundred and eighty Italian couples whose marriages were dissolved through fictitious residence in the Berkshire town have now had their divorces annulled by a British judge. The conspiracy to circumvent the slow-moving Italian judicial system was formally ended on Tuesday by the president of the family division of the high court, Sir James Munby.’

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The Guardian, 30th September 2014

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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The Children Act – Ian McEwan: a review – Family Law Week

Posted September 26th, 2014 in children, family courts, judges, news by tracey

‘Sarah E Green, solicitor at TLT, reviews Ian McEwan’s latest novel which concerns a High Court judge in the Family Division.’

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Family Law week, 25th September 2014

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

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Simon Hughes: We want the best family justice – Ministry of Justice

Posted September 25th, 2014 in arbitration, civil justice, families, family courts, news by sally

‘The true sign of a civilised family justice system is to have more people resolve disputes outside the courts, Justice Minister Simon Hughes said today [24 September].’

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Ministry of Justice, 24th September 2014

Source: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice

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Court to decide on domestic abuse legal aid challenge – BBC News

Posted September 19th, 2014 in domestic violence, evidence, family courts, legal aid, news, victims by tracey

‘The High Court is due to decide whether to allow a challenge to rules that determine whether victims of domestic abuse get legal aid in family cases.’

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BBC News, 19th September 2014

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Bar Council report claims LASPO 2012 damages access to justice – The Bar Council

Posted September 18th, 2014 in barristers, civil justice, costs, delay, family courts, legal aid, litigants in person, reports by tracey

‘The Bar Council has today published a report, based on interviews and a survey of legal practitioners, assessing the impact of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act (LASPO) 2012 on our system of justice a year after implementation in April 2013.’

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The Bar Council, 18th September 2014

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

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In re X (Adopted Child: Access to Court File) – WLR Daily

Posted September 15th, 2014 in adoption, birth certificates, disclosure, family courts, grandparents, law reports by tracey

In re X (Adopted Child: Access to Court File)[2014] EWFC 33; [2014] WLR (D) 390

‘Since FPR 2010 r 14.24 was not subject to the qualification that it applied only “in exceptional circumstances” there was nothing which required the same approach to apply in the case of an application under rule 14.24 (or its predecessors) as applied in the case of an application under section 79(4) of the Adoption and Children Act 2002 although, given the context, an application under rule 14.24 should always be approached with an appropriate degree of caution.’

WLR Daily, 9th September 2014

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

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Woman wins permission to look at late father’s adoption files – The Guardian

Posted September 10th, 2014 in adoption, birth certificates, disclosure, documents, family courts, grandparents, news by sally

‘A woman has been granted permission to look at court files relating to her father’s adoption to discover the identity of her grandmother, in a ground-breaking judgment that sets a precedent for revealing secret family histories.’

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The Guardian, 9th September 2014

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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Family courts unfair for litigants in person, MPs told – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted September 5th, 2014 in budgets, family courts, legal aid, litigants in person, news, select committees by tracey

‘Litigants in person are not getting fair hearings, the Common’s Justice Committee heard this morning.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 2nd September 2014

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

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Legal aid cut for family courts ‘damaging’ for children – BBC News

Posted September 2nd, 2014 in children, delay, family courts, legal aid, litigants in person, news by sally

‘Children are being damaged by the rising number of estranged couples representing themselves in family court battles, a former judge has claimed.’

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BBC News, 2nd September 2014

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What’s happened since the Family Justice Review: a brighter future for family justice – Ministry of Justice

Posted August 21st, 2014 in civil justice, family courts, reports by tracey

‘This update from the government sets out the progress made since the family justice review was published in 2011.’

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Ministry of Justice, 20th August 2014

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

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Consultation: High Court Family Orders – Judiciary of England and Wales

Posted August 20th, 2014 in consultations, family courts, press releases by tracey

‘Mr Justice Mostyn and his team have produced the third batch of proposed standard form orders for discussion and comment.The President and Mr Justice Mostyn will very much welcome and value comments from as many people as possible.’

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Judiciary of England and Wales, 19th August 2014

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

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Consultation: Family Transparency – The next steps – Judiciary of England and Wales

Posted August 20th, 2014 in consultations, family courts, pilot schemes, practice directions by tracey

‘This consultation, on behalf of the President of the Family Division, Sir James Munby, invites comments on the next steps of the Transparency reform.’

Consultation

Judiciary of England and Wales, 19th August 2014

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

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Baby removed from mother at birth: a look at reporting restrictions orders – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

‘M, who was 24-years-old, was in the late stages of her first pregnancy (X County Council v M). She suffered from persecuting delusions including a belief that mental health services were “murderers” and would murder her and her unborn child. The local authority applied to the court for permission not to disclose to M the care plan for the removal of her baby at birth. They also applied for a reporting restrictions order. The Family Division held that despite the fact that both orders sought were draconian, the orders would be granted in the circumstances of the case.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 14th August 2014

Source: www.halsburyslawexchange.co.uk

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