Video guides to life as a judge

November 8, 2017 0 comments

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The Court and Tribunals Judiciary has published a series of video guides to life as a High Court Judge. The seven short films feature ‘behind the scenes’ interviews with judges in different branches of the High Court, discussing key elements of the role, including a typical day, the pressures of the job, available support and…

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£6 million for Family Drug and Alcohol Courts

October 21, 2017 0 comments

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Pioneering courts for families with dependency problems are to receive more than £6 million in new funding. Family Drug and Alcohol Courts (FDACs) are designed to assist parents struggling with drinking problems or drug addictions, and work in a different way to regular courts. A single judge is allocated to each family as their case…

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Basic advice for litigants

August 30, 2017 2 comments

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Litigants involved in family court proceedings need all the help they can get, especially if they are one of the many who are no longer able to obtain legal representation following the abolition of legal aid for most private law family matters. Accordingly, and with no disrespect intended to anyone, I thought I would write…

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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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Serious case reviews; the role of judges

May 5, 2017 1 comment

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Family Division President Sir James Munby has published guidance on the proper role of judges in serious case reviews. These enquiries are conducted by frontline childcare professionals whenever a child who has been defined as vulnerable comes to serious harm or even dies, in order to assess any lessons to be learned for the future….

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The court system: a bleak outlook

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April 26, 2017 5 comments

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There is something natural about someone who has come to the end of a career in a particular profession fearing for that profession’s future. After all, the profession will have changed enormously over the course of that career, and the way it looks at the end of the career may bear little relation to the…

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Do judges favour wives?

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February 14, 2017 6 comments

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For the second day in a row I find myself writing a critical post here about an article that appeared in a national newspaper. Still, I suppose someone has to make sure that the great British public (or at least that part of it in England and Wales) is properly informed… On Sunday a piece…

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A few thoughts on the election of judges

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December 6, 2016 0 comments

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As I’m sure I don’t have to remind the reader, this week the Supreme Court is hearing the Government’s appeal against the High Court’s ruling that only Parliament has the authority to trigger Article 50, the formal mechanism for leaving the European Union. As we also all know, the High Court’s decision caused anger in…

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