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Private family law programme 'is not working' says President

Comments made in speech to Association of Lawyers for Children Annual Conference on 23rd November.

  • The private family law programme introduced after the Family Justice Review 'is not working' says Andrew McFarlane, President of the Family Division as

    "[t]here are far too many parents coming to the court when they have no need to do so and, in reality, the court is not the best place to resolve their disputes.

    The President has reached this conclusion as a result of the visits he has so far made as part of his national tour of Family Courts. While he says the jury is still out on other issues he is pondering, such as the utility of the 26 week limit in care cases, he has 'seen enough' to know that, in private law, there needs to be 

    "substantial change, not only to our working practices, but also, I believe to the public perception and expectation of what a court can, and more importantly what it cannot, do to resolve parental conflict."

    He sees private law as an area where it may be possible to achieve a very significant reduction in numbers to help ease the caseload on other parts of the family justice system, the necessity of which is the central theme of the talk. He promised to reveal more detail of how this may be achieved in his lecture to the Resolution Annual Conference on 5th April

    The text of the speech can be downloaded from the Judiciary website.

News, published: 26/11/2018

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Published: 26/11/2018

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