Family Division President: judges can talk to Ofsted

June 28, 2017 0 comments

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Judges are allowed to talk to Ofsted inspectors the President of the Family Division has declared. In newly published guidance, Sir James Munby noted that “some confusion had arisen over the propriety” of judges talking to Ofsted staff while the latter conduct inspections of children’s services departments and similar organisations. “For the avoidance of doubt”…

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Is the Transparency Guidance experiment over?

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June 27, 2017 1 comment

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The number of published judgments is returning to pre-guidance levels As many readers will be aware, in January 2014 the President of the Family Division Sir James Munby published Practice Guidance regarding the publication of judgments in the family courts. The intended effect of the guidance, which is commonly known simply as the ‘Transparency Guidance’,…

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The digital age dawns: online divorce

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June 23, 2017 2 comments

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I had the pleasure of attending the At A Glance legal conference in London on Wednesday. One of the speakers was Adam Lennon, the Head of Family Modernisation & Improvement at HM Courts and Tribunals Service. He talked about the Court’s plans to roll out an online divorce system. Part of the talk involved a…

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Divorce proceedings to be split from financial applications

June 16, 2017 0 comments

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Divorce proceedings to be split from financial applications From next Monday (June 19) family court divorce proceedings will run separately to financial applications. The rollout of ‘administrative de-linking’ across England and Wales follows a successful trial said Family Division President Sir James Munby and HM Courts and Tribunal Service (HMCTS) deputy chief executive Kevin Sadler. …

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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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Father seeks publication of child contact judgments

May 23, 2017 20 comments

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A Norwich man has demanded that Judges publish details of his long-running dispute over contact with his daughter. The father claims the court battle started not long after his child was born and has yet to be resolved even though the girl is now ten years old. He has reportedly spent more than £500,000 on…

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Needs, money, maintenance and more

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May 19, 2017 0 comments

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A Week In Family Law A multi-millionaire husband who was ordered to pay his wife the sum of £4.25 million after just 23 months of marriage has failed to have the award overturned on appeal. The husband, who is worth about £37 million, appealed against the award, claiming that it was more than was required…

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