Judges ‘need more scrutiny’ says Sir James

March 16, 2018 5 comments

family law

Judges would benefit from greater public scrutiny, the President of the Family Division has suggested. Speaking at an event on social media and the family courts earlier this week, Sir James Munby claimed modern judges are prone to making mistakes because they are “grotesquely overworked” and “tired”. One solution to this problem, he suggested, would…

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Contact between sperm donor and son allowed to proceed

March 13, 2018 0 comments

family life

The case concerned a Child Arrangements Order made in June last year. A particular paragraph within this order allowed the sperm donor to a same sex couple, referred to as ‘Brian’ – to visit their four year-old son several times a year. The donor’s parents would also be entitled to visit the boy twice a…

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A few thoughts on the domestic abuse consultation

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March 13, 2018 2 comments

domestic abuse

“Through this Bill I want to fundamentally change the way we as a country think about domestic abuse, recognising that it is a crime that comes in many forms – physical, emotional, economic. This is about creating a society that protects individuals and families at the earliest opportunity, before such abuse has a chance to…

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Be welcoming to litigants in person, Judges told

March 7, 2018 4 comments

litigants in person

Judges must treat unrepresented litigants in person fairly and not class them as a problem to be resented, a new guidebook has stressed. The latest edition of the Equal Treatment Bench Book, published by the Judicial College, provides detailed guidance on a wide range of social issues, outlining the ways in which the representatives of…

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