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A view from the President's [remote] chambers - May 2020

In his latest view, Sir Andrew McFarlane looks at how the court system had adapted to remote working and the 'recovery' phase of how we move out of the current lockdown.

  • Key points:

    1. The president uses this opportunity to thank the court staff and District Judges "who, in circumstances where absolutely everyone has worked well beyond capacity, have, I believe, experienced the negative impact of all this most."
    2. Encourages all involved in Family Justice at this point to read the report published last week by the Nuffield Family Justice Observatory
    3. He will be spending the next 10 days "to discuss widely with judges, the profession and others whether there is a need for any further national ‘guidance’ on remote hearings in the Family Court at this time". 
    4. It is stressed in this view that the decision on whether to proceed with a remote hearing is a matter for an individual judge and not "the subject of blunt ‘do or do not’ national guidance based upon the length of hearing, the issue before the court, whether there is to be oral evidence or some other characteristic". 
    5. It is announced that Mr Justice Baker will lead the 'Recovery' phase and advise on how the courts will move forward

    Read the guidance in full: 

News, published: 11/05/2020


Published: 11/05/2020


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