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HMCTS shuts heavily criticised divorce centres

The government is closing some of its regional divorce centres as a result of work shifting online, the Gazette has learned.

  • HM Courts & Tribunals Service has closed centres in Stoke, Wrexham and Port Talbot, and will begin closing venues in Bradford and Nottingham.

    The regional centres opened in 2015 but have been heavily criticised by senior judges for delays and inefficiencies. A question mark over their future emerged last year, when family division president Sir Andrew McFarlane said the centres were being phased out and replaced by an online system based in the national Civil and Family Service Centre in Stoke-on-Trent. At the time a government spokesperson said no final decision had been made on the divorce centres. This week's announcement, sent to family law 'stakeholders', confirmed their fate.

    Full Story: Law Gazette

News, published: 03/02/2020

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Published: 03/02/2020

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