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  • Recording of event hosted by HMCTS on 29 October 2018 News, 30/10/2018, free
  • The father's appeal against orders which were made after a hearing in which he was not permitted to cross-examine the mother was allowed. The judge helpfully, at paragraph 34, lists 11 points which could be used to deal with such cases (but was careful not to describe them as 'guidance') including a "Ground Rules Hearing" (GRH) once it becomes clear to the court that it is required to hear a case "put" to a key factual witness where the allegations are serious and intimate and where the witnesses are themselves the accused and accuser. Judgment, 30/07/2018, free
  • In brief: A fact-finding hearing involving two parties who were not legally represented (neither could afford lawyers and both were ineligible for legal aid). The judge made a number of telling observations about the implications of the lack of legal aid for litigants in terms of preparation, process and outcome. Judgment, 15/05/2018, free
  • It is essential for the proper administration of family justice that those who lack capacity to litigate in the Family Court are quickly identified, assessed, and supported. To that end, the Family Justice Council has released guidance in order to assist Judges in the Family Court to resolve capacity issues concerning parties to family law proceedings. News, 27/04/2018, free
  • Our latest webcast looks at the practical and legal issues faced by legal professionals acting in cases involving litigants in person. News, 07/02/2018, free

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