BBC One’s ‘The Split’ vs reality

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April 26, 2018 5 comments

family law

At 9:00pm on a Tuesday evening, after eight hours in Court, what could possibly make a family lawyer sit down to watch a BCC drama about divorce and divorce lawyers? Because last night that’s exactly what I did, watching the first of six episodes of “The Split”. “Coals to Newcastle” and “Busman’s holiday” and similar…

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Gender stereotypes ‘influence court rulings’

April 5, 2018 2 comments

family law

Judges are influenced by their attitude to traditional gender roles when ruling on family cases, researchers have claimed. In a newly published study they compared the responses of more than 500 US judges from a single (but unidentified) state, and an equal number of civilians. The gender breakdown of the judges was 68 per cent…

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LASPO, reporting restrictions and more

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March 16, 2018 0 comments

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A WEEK IN FAMILY LAW The Government has finally launched its post-implementation review of the changes made to legal aid by the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO). The aim of the review will be to assess the extent to which the objectives of the LASPO changes (as explained here) were…

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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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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

family life

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

family law

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

family law

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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