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Webinar: The Secret family Court: Fact or Fiction?

Webinar to be broadcast on Thursday 26th March, 4pm-5pm.

  • For approaching two decades, the family courts have been accused of making life changing decisions about children and who they live with made in secret, away from the scrutiny of the public gaze. Recognising the force of these accusations, senior family courts judges have, over that time, implemented a raft of rule changes, pilot projects and judicial guidance aimed at making the family justice more accountable and transparent.

    But has any progress been made? Are there still suspicions that family judges make irrevocable, unaccountable decisions in private hearings? And if so, are those suspicions justified and what can be done to dispel them?

    In this webinar - in association with  the Family Law Hub -  HH Clifford Bellamy, the author of The Secret Family Court: Fact or Fiction?, will be interviewed by  Louise Tickle, nationally renowned campaigning journalist on family court reporting to give you an understanding of what the issues are and what is at stake. Louise will then chair a panel session with  Sir James Munby, immediate past President of the Family Division,  Lucy Reed, legal blogger and Chair of The Transparency Project and  Dr Julie Doughty from the University of Cardiff, to look at whether any progress has been made and what still needs to be done to maintain public trust in a fundamental part of the family justice system.

    The webinar format gives you a unique chance to join in the discussion with some of the leading thinkers on the subject from wherever you are.

    When? Thursday 26th March, 4pm-5pm
    Where? Any computer or device with sound and broadband
    How much? Free


News, published: 19/03/2020

Published: 19/03/2020


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