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McFarlane LJ to undertake 'drains up' tour of family courts when President

Plans set out in speech to Families Need Father's Conference

  • Lord Justice McFarlane has given a glimpse of his plans once he becomes President of the Family Division at the end of July.

    Speaking at the Families Need Fathers Conference, he stated that he would undertake a 'drains up' tour of family courts in the Autumn hoping to talk with every full-time Family judge at each of the 40 or so designated Family Court centres, together with the local magistrates, local CAFCASS officers and members of the legal profession. 

    One of the issues he will seek opinion on is whether the time has come for judicial guidance on the range of outcomes that are regularly considered to be the 'norm' in the majority of child arrangement. The judiciary, he acknowledged, had pulled back from such guidance in the past but if he discovers judicial support on the ground during his tour it would be something to consider.

    The full speech, which also contains some useful thoughts on alienation, can be read on then Judiciary website.


News, published: 26/06/2018

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Published: 26/06/2018

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