Is the Transparency Guidance experiment over?

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June 27, 2017 1 comment

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The number of published judgments is returning to pre-guidance levels As many readers will be aware, in January 2014 the President of the Family Division Sir James Munby published Practice Guidance regarding the publication of judgments in the family courts. The intended effect of the guidance, which is commonly known simply as the ‘Transparency Guidance’,…

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Best practice in international social work

June 27, 2017 0 comments

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Best practice in social work for international cases will be highlighted in forthcoming research. The charity Children and Families Across Borders (CFAB) works with families involved in disputes involving more than one country. A newly launched project will focus on the most effective ways for social workers to respond  to the challenges posed by such…

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The digital age dawns: online divorce

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June 23, 2017 2 comments

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I had the pleasure of attending the At A Glance legal conference in London on Wednesday. One of the speakers was Adam Lennon, the Head of Family Modernisation & Improvement at HM Courts and Tribunals Service. He talked about the Court’s plans to roll out an online divorce system. Part of the talk involved a…

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‘Other woman’ ordered to pay wife $8,000

June 23, 2017 1 comment

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A woman in Zimbabwe has been ordered to pay US$8,000 (£6,315) to the wife of a man she is having an affair with. The wife had launched a legal bid claiming $25,000 (£19,735) in “adultery damages” from the other woman after she learned of her husband’s affair. Although the couple were still married, and had…

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New Lord Chancellor pledges protection of the rule of law

June 21, 2017 4 comments

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Newly appointed Lord Chancellor David Lidington highlighted the vital role played by judges and the legal system at his inauguration ceremony this week. The Tory MP for Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire said judges deserved praise for their “dedication, personal integrity and commitment” as he was sworn into office at the Royal Courts of Justice in central…

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New domestic violence legislation in Queen’s Speech

June 21, 2017 3 comments

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The government has announced plans to introduce new domestic violence legislation. In the much heralded Queen’s Speech today, the government announced a new Domestic Violence and Abuse Bill that would, they claimed “protect the victims“. In an explanatory briefing, the purpose of this new legislation is described as transforming: “…our approach to domestic violence and…

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Emotional abuse of children ‘up 200 per cent’

June 21, 2017 2 comments

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There has been a 200 per cent rise in the number of children subjected to emotional abuse, the NSPCC reports. The increase, over a seven year period, is higher than for any other form of abuse, the charity claims in a newly published report entitled How safe are our children?  Calls to the NSPCC helpline…

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Terminally ill baby to remain on life support 3 weeks

June 20, 2017 0 comments

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Terminally ill baby Charlie Gard will is to remain on life support for three weeks, following a Supreme Court ruling yesterday evening. Britain’s highest court issued a short ruling after parents Chris Gard and Connie Yates  applied to the European Court of Human Rights (ECt6HR). Their son, ten month-old Charlie, has an incurable genetic illness….

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