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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Transparency, privacy and schizophrenic lawyers

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January 16, 2018 3 comments

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Four years ago this week the President of the Family Division Sir James Munby issued his practice guidance Transparency in the Family Courts, requiring an increased number of family court judgments to be published, in order to counter the charge that the family courts operate a system of secret and unaccountable justice. And so the…

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A derogatory prefix does not make it so

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January 8, 2018 2 comments

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I don’t think that the phenomenon I am going to discuss in this post is anything new, but it is certainly something that is much more common nowadays thanks, in particular, to the delights of social media. And when the ‘leader of the free world’ indulges in it, it is only going to become even…

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Christmas family conflict

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December 15, 2017 1 comment

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As a legal practitioner here at Stowe Family Law LLP, specialising particularly in private cases involving children, I am always conscious at this time of the year that the Christmas period can be very difficult for some families: particularly if they are separated and the parents can’t agree on arrangements for their children over the…

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Domestic abuse, cohabitation awareness and more

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December 1, 2017 0 comments

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A WEEK IN FAMILY LAW The Chancellor of the Exchequer has given divorcing couples relief from higher rates of stamp duty, in his Autumn Budget. The higher rates, which imposed a 3 per cent surcharge on those buying properties in addition to their main home, were introduced to crack down on the buy-to-let market. While…

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