Sir James considers covert recordings

October 28, 2017 3 comments

family law

The Family Justice Council should examine the use of covert recordings in family cases, the President of the Family Court has declared. Sir James Munby said the use of covertly recorded conversations as evidence in cases was increasingly common and needed due consideration. The issue arose in a case concerning an 11 year-old girl, whose…

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Litigants in person, pre-acquired assets and more

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September 8, 2017 3 comments

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A WEEK IN FAMILY LAW The government’s support for litigants in person in the family courts has been “sadly inadequate” up until now, the President of the Family Division Sir James Munby has said. Writing the foreword to the latest edition of The Family Court without a Lawyer – A Handbook for Litigants in Person,…

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Help for litigants in person ‘sadly inadequate’

September 1, 2017 6 comments

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The help provided by the government for litigants in person is “sadly inadequate”, according to the President of the Family Division. Sir James Munby has called the family justice system “over-complicated” and that the government faces a “massive challenge” to provide people with the information they need to navigate it. These comments came in the…

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Contributions, inheritance and more

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March 17, 2017 0 comments

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A week in family law Cafcass – the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service – has published its latest figures for care applications and private law demand, for Febuary 2017. In that month the service received a total of 1,134 care applications, which is an 8 per cent decrease compared to those received…

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‘Judges should not have to justify themselves’

March 10, 2017 4 comments

family law

Judges should not have to justify their rulings, Family Division President Sir James Munby has insisted. Speaking at the inaugural Bridget Lindley Annual Memorial Lecture staged by advisory body the Family Justice Council, Sir James insisted that the Court of Appeal was the only venue in which judgements were properly subject to scrutiny. He told…

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High Court Judge calls for fresh approach to adoption

March 10, 2017 14 comments

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It may no longer be possible to create an “impermeable seal” around adoption, a High Court Judge has suggested. In a lecture given to the Family Justice Council yesterday, Appeal Court Judge Lord Justice McFarlane said the high rate of adoption in the UK, particularly amongst older children, combined with the pervasive nature of social…

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Family Justice Council examines financial needs after divorce

July 4, 2016 2 comments

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The Family Justice Council has published a guide to financial needs on divorce. It is aimed at primarily at legal professionals , unlike the Council’s guide to divorce finance for litigants in person, which was published earlier this year. Guidance on “Financial Needs” on Divorce is written to clarify the meaning of ‘needs’ when couples…

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