MPs call for inquiry into how family courts treat rape and abuse survivors – The Guardian

‘More than 120 MPs have called for the family courts to be opened up to greater scrutiny and for those who father children through rape to be denied parental rights.’

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The Guardian, 15th May 2019

Source: www.theguardian.com

Voices of children overlooked in family courts, says ex-head – BBC News

‘Family courts in England and Wales are not properly accommodating children’s voices and needs because the government has suggested “it would all cost too much”, their former head has said.’

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BBC News, 16th May 2019

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Family President to issue guidance to courts on secure accommodation placements and statutory regime – Local Government Lawyer

‘The President of the Family Division has said he will issue practice guidance to the courts before the end of July so that more can be done to bring secure accommodation placements within the statutory regulatory scheme.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 14th May 2019

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Address by Mr Justice Mostyn to the Hong Kong Family Law Association – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted May 1st, 2019 in families, family courts, judges, judiciary, speeches by tracey

‘An analysis of the exercise of judicial discretion in the Family Law sphere. Address by Mr Justice Mostyn to the Hong Kong Family Law Association, British Consulate-General, Hong Kong 25 April 2019.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 26th April 2019

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Lady Hale at the Legal Action Group, London – Supreme Court

‘Legal Aid at 70.’

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Supreme Court, 5th April 2019

Source: www.supremecourt.uk

Court asked to resolve confusion over Inheritance Act claims – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted March 26th, 2019 in appeals, families, family courts, news, time limits by sally

‘A case that threw a wrecking ball at the practice of lawyers making stand-still agreements over late claims could be challenged in the Court of Appeal.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 25th March 2019

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Judge who banged her head on a desk during a court hearing was being ‘sarcastic and condescending” investigation rules – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 21st, 2019 in children, complaints, contact orders, families, family courts, judges, news, standards by tracey

‘ A “sarcastic and condescending” judge who banged her head on her desk after a member of the public appeared before her at a family court hearing has been reprimanded.’

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Daily Telegraph, 20th March 2019

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Children Private Law Update – March 2019 – Family Law Week

Posted March 18th, 2019 in appeals, contact orders, family courts, news, restraint orders by tracey

‘Alex Verdan QC of 4 Paper Buildings reviews recent important judgments in private law children cases.’

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Family Law Week, 14th March 2019

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The President’s guidance on anonymisation in published judgments – Transparency Project

‘On 7 December 2018, Sir Andrew McFarlane, the President of the Family Division, issued some practice guidance to judges entitled Practice Guidance: anonymisation and avoidance of the identification of children and the treatment of explicit descriptions of the sexual abuse of children in judgments intended for the public arena(see January [2019] Fam Law 68). In it, he refers to a report written by Julia Brophy and published by the Association of Lawyers for Children (ALC) in July 2016 (J Brophy, Anonymisation and avoidance of the identification of children and the treatment of explicit descriptions of the sexual abuse of children in judgments intended for the public arena: judicial guidance, available on the ALC and Nuffield Foundation websites).’

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Transparency Project, 12th March 2019

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Long court delays lead to boom in private divorces – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 4th, 2019 in delay, divorce, family courts, news by sally

‘There has been a sharp rise in the number of divorcing couples opting to “go private” in order to avoid the delays and stresses of an over-stretched court system, lawyers have revealed.’

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Daily Telegraph, 2nd March 2019

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Family Drug and Alcohol Courts backed by private donors – BBC News

Posted February 14th, 2019 in alcohol abuse, care orders, drug abuse, families, family courts, news by sally

‘A group of private backers has agreed to fund a national unit supporting courts which help parents deal with drug or alcohol addiction so their children are not taken into care.’

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BBC News, 14th February 2019

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Judge apologises after dozing off during High Court hearing – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 12th, 2019 in complaints, family courts, judges, news by tracey

‘A High Court judge has “expressed remorse” after falling asleep during a hearing.’

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Daily Telegraph, 11th February 2019

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The Domestic Abuse Bill: a long-awaited overhaul or flawed legislation with an implementation problem? – Family Law Week

‘Hannah Gomersall, barrister at Coram Chambers, explores the proposed reforms set out in the government’s Domestic Abuse Bill: its scope, workability and whether the Family Court will be able to cope with the ensuing workload.’

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Family Law Week, 7th February 2019

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

Family courts next to test video hearings – Legal Futures

Posted January 28th, 2019 in consultations, family courts, judiciary, live link evidence, news, pilot schemes by sally

‘A test in the family courts will be the next step in exploring fully video hearings, against a backdrop of widespread concern about the technology among judges, it has emerged.’

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Legal Futures, 28th January 2019

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Top judge urges family lawyers to curb late emails for sake of wellbeing – Legal Futures

Posted January 25th, 2019 in electronic mail, family courts, judges, news, time limits by tracey

‘Limits on how early or late lawyers can email each may be needed to avoid burn-out given the “remorseless” pressure the system is under, the president of the Family Division has suggested.’

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Legal Futures, 25th January 2019

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The Thwaite Jurisdiction – No Longer the Last Reserve of the Desperate? – Family Law Week

Posted January 21st, 2019 in family courts, financial provision, jurisdiction, news by tracey

‘Joseph Rainer, barrister, Queen Elizabeth Building examines the use of the Thwaite jurisdiction in relation to the court’s power to revisit financial remedy orders by analysing the relevant case law and using some fictitious practical case studies.’

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Family Law Week, 16th January 2019

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

International Forum on Online Courts London, December 2018: an international family lawyer’s perspective – Family Law Week

Posted January 21st, 2019 in electronic filing, family courts, news by tracey

‘Professor David Hodson OBE MICArb, Partner, The International Family Law Group, provides a family lawyer’s perspective of the matters arising at the inaugural International Forum on Online Courts.’

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Family Law Week, 16th January 2019

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

Man wrong to think kisses in estranged wife’s texts were ‘flirtatious’, judge rules – The Independent

Posted January 14th, 2019 in bills, divorce, domestic violence, families, family courts, news, telecommunications by tracey

‘A woman who ended text messages with a kiss was not being “flirtatious” with her estranged husband, a judge has ruled.’

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The Independent, 13th January 2018

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Children: Public Law Update (December 2018) – Family Law Week

Posted December 14th, 2018 in care orders, child abuse, disclosure, evidence, family courts, identification, news, police, proof by tracey

‘John Tughan QC of 4 Paper Buildings reviews recent, important Children Public Law cases.’

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Family Law Week, 13th December 2018

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

Anonymisation Guidance – a curtain of secrecy? – Transparency Project

‘The President of the Family Division, Sir Andrew MacFarlane issued some guidance last week on the anonymisation of published judgments in family court cases.’

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Transparency Project, 10th December 2018

Source: www.transparencyproject.org.uk