A personal review of the year, part 3

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December 22, 2017 1 comment

family law

This concludes my personal review of 2017. (The first two parts, covering January to August, can be found here and here). September: disruptive In a sign both of the times and of the enormous responsibilities placed upon our family courts, a headline in The Telegraph on the 7 September read: “Returning jihadis will end up…

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Lawyers are good for children

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December 18, 2017 7 comments

family law

Or: we all like to say “I told you so”! Sometimes in life something is so self-evident that you really can’t understand why other people think differently. In such cases it is really satisfying when you come across independent confirmation that you were, indeed, right. The temptation to say “I told you so” can then…

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Fewer care orders made under 26 week timetable

February 20, 2017 11 comments

fostering and adoption

The 26 week timetable for care proceedings introduced in 2014 has halved their average length, new research reveals. The target timescale was included in the Children and Families Act in order to discourage excessive delay and uncertainty for children who have been take into the care system following neglect or abuse. Previously care proceedings typically…

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Magistrates warn of children’s rights ‘threat’

January 10, 2017 0 comments

family law

The legal rights of children could be under threat if local authorities are allowed to opt out of their obligations, a group of magistrates have claimed. This warning comes in response to a section of the Children and Social Work Bill which is currently making its way through Parliament. The Magistrates Association (MA), a charity…

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Magistrate calls for younger, more diverse colleagues

October 19, 2016 15 comments

family law

Younger, more ethnically diverse magistrates should be recruited, one of the youngest justices of the peace in England claims. Alex Yip was appointed at just 27 years old. Now 34, he has said that although he “work[s] with a lot of very talented people … they are old and white”. The statistics back him up,…

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Magistrates decry domestic violence court fees

September 10, 2015 1 comment

domestic violence

Mandatory court charges in domestic violence cases punish victims and perpetrators alike, a group of magistrates have claimed. Currently, anyone who pleads guilty to domestic violence at a Magistrates’ court faces a £150 fine. If they are found guilty after a trial, that can rise up to £1,000. This has created an incentive for innocent…

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