More than a third of cases now unrepresented

October 1, 2017 2 comments

family law

No less than 36 per cent of all family court cases now feature unrepresented litigants on both sides, new figures from the Ministry of Justice reveal. A total of 13,029 new private law cases – i.e. disputes between individuals – were launched between April and June, three per cent more than in the same period…

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Maintenance variation, adultery and more

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August 18, 2017 0 comments

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A week in family law The proper approach to applications to vary maintenance orders is to be considered by the Supreme Court, in the case Mills v Mills. The facts of the case are that the parties were divorced in 2002. Their financial claims were settled by a consent order which, amongst other things, provided…

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Visits from family reduce reoffending

August 15, 2017 2 comments

family life

Prisoners who regularly receive visits from family members are much less likely to reoffend according to new research. Reoffending rates fall by as much as 39 per cent when family members remain involved, according to the Ministry of Justice report. The finding is based on an analysis conducted by Tory peer Lord Farmer and the…

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Transparency, cross-examination and more

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May 26, 2017 0 comments

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A week in family law A Norwich man has demanded that Judges publish details of his long-running dispute over contact with his daughter. He claims to have run up costs of half a million pounds, and says that dozens of hearings have taken place before numerous judges, but every hearing has been held in private…

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Ministry of Justice drags feet on domestic violence data

May 24, 2017 2 comments

domestic violence

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has been reprimanded by the Information Commissioner for failing to respond to a request for domestic violence data in a timely manner. An unnamed complainant had sent the Ministry a very detailed Freedom of Information request for data from the third quarter of the year relating to the various legal…

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Probate fees to rise 9,000%

March 7, 2017 0 comments

family law

The administration fees for dealing with probate cases could go up by a staggering 9,000 per cent later this month. In May, estates valued at over £2 million will be charged £20,000 by the Probate Registry. This is the government service which deals with the paperwork to determine who will control a person’s finances and…

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Domestic violence cross-examination in the spotlight

February 23, 2017 6 comments

family law

The government has published a new draft bill which would ban the cross-examination  in court of domestic violence accusers by their alleged attackers. The Prison and Courts Bill was introduced today by Justice Secretary Liz Truss. Its various provisions include measures to address this controversial practice, which persists in family courts despite being prohibited in…

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Is it just me or are these domestic abuse plans odd?

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February 21, 2017 5 comments

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On Friday the Prime Minister’s Office, the Home Office and the Ministry of Justice joined their formidable forces to publish a press release informing us that: “Prime Minister Theresa May announced plans for a major programme of work leading towards bringing forward a Domestic Violence and Abuse Act.” The news appears to have been generally…

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PM announces plans for new domestic abuse legislation

February 20, 2017 10 comments

domestic violence

Prime Minister Theresa May has announced plans for new domestic violence legislation. In a joint press release from the Home Office and the Ministry of Justice, the Prime Minister said a “programme of works” would be likely to lead to the drafting of new legislation and the eventual creation of a Domestic Violence and Abuse…

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