Social workers must not ‘shy away’ from adoption – top family judge – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 17th, 2014 in adoption, families, family courts, news, social services by sally

‘Sir James Munby seeks to head off collapse in adoption placements warning that children could be put at risk by new obsession with keeping them with relatives ‘at all costs’.’

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Daily Telegraph, 16th December 2014

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Father treated ‘like Kafka character’ by Family Court – top judge – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 16th, 2014 in case management, family courts, injunctions, legal representation, news, notification by tracey

‘A father who was banned from his own street, cut off from his children for five months, with no opportunity to defend himself, and then arrested for text messaging his son, was treated like a character from a Kafka novel, a senior judge has admitted.’

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Daily Telegraph, 15th December 2015

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Speech by The Hon. Mr Justice Mostyn: The Craft of Judging and Legal Reasoning – Judiciary of England and Wales

Posted December 15th, 2014 in Court of Protection, family courts, judges, speeches by tracey

‘Speech by The Hon. Mr Justice Mostyn: The Craft of Judging and Legal Reasoning at the Bristol University School of Law on 8 December 2014.’

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Judiciary of England and Wales, 12th December 2014

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The Lord Chief Justice’s Report 2014 – Judiciary of England and Wales

‘The Lord Chief Justice has today laid his annual report before Parliament. His report looks back at the past 12 months and explains how the judiciary have administered justice across all jurisdictions by focusing on key priorities.’

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Judiciary of England and Wales, 15th December 2014

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Judge issues ultimatum after ‘absurd’ £1.3m family dispute – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted December 8th, 2014 in costs, dispute resolution, documents, family courts, news by sally

‘A judge has taken the unusual step of removing most case documents from court and giving partners a final ultimatum to settle their separation dispute.’

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Law Society’s Gazette,

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‘Better than nothing… helpful… mad as a bag of frogs’: judges on McKenzie Friends -

Posted December 5th, 2014 in family courts, litigants in person, McKenzie friends, news, reports by sally

‘A new report on litigants in person in private family law cases has added to concerns over the value and legitimacy of McKenzie Friends in the legal services market. The report, commissioned and published by the Ministry of Justice, into litigants in person in the family courts (here) found the Legal Services Consumer Panel’s recommendation that professional McKenzie Friends be recognised as a legitimate part of the market (reported here) ‘somewhat surprising’.’

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LegalVoice, 4th December 2014

Source: www.legalvoice.org.uk

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Speech to the Bar Conference – Nicholas Lavender QC, Chairman of the Bar Council

Speech to the Bar Conference (PDF)

Nicholas Lavender QC, Chairman of the Bar Council

The Bar Council, 8th November 2014

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

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Ascertaining Children’s Wishes and Feelings – Family Law Week

Posted December 1st, 2014 in care orders, children, family courts, news by tracey

‘Paul Bishop, an independent social worker and formerly a Children’s Guardian, draws on 20 years’ experience of interviewing children involved in family proceedings.’

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Family Law Week, 28th November 2014

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The Devil in the Detail: The Court Bundles Practice Direction and J v J [2014] EWHC 3654 – Family Law Week

Posted November 24th, 2014 in documents, family courts, news, practice directions by sally

‘Alexander Chandler, barrister at 1 King’s Bench Walk considers the Implications of the Court Bundles Practice Direction in the light of Mostyn J’s judgment in J v J [2014] EWHC 3654.’

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Family Law Week, 20th November 2014

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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