How does the court propose to recover as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic?

On the st July 2020, a response was published by HMCourts and Tribunals Service to concerns as to how the court proposes to recover as a result of  Covid-19. The court service has had to be fast tracked into dealing with matters in the 21st Centuary and making more use of technology including remote hearings [...]

By |2020-07-08T15:58:12+00:00July 8th, 2020|Litigation|0 Comments

No fault divorce – Press release from the MOJ on the 26th June 2020

"Blame game" to end as Divorce Bill receives Royal Assent. It is now official. there will be a No fault divorce system in England. The press release from the MOJ and the Rt. Hon. Robert Buckland QC MP on the 26th June 2020 confirms the position including that: 'The Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act will: [...]

By |2020-06-26T19:51:01+00:00June 26th, 2020|Litigation|0 Comments

Press release from MOJ on the 26th June 2020- Victims of domestic abuse – Emergency funding for organisations

Press release from MOJ on the 26th June 2020‘£22 million emergency coronavirus funding for more than 540 sexual violence and domestic abuse charitiesVictims of domestic abuse and sexual violence are benefiting from £22 million of emergency funding to help organisations providing support during the pandemic.’For further information see:

By |2020-06-26T12:40:00+00:00June 26th, 2020|Litigation|0 Comments

Domestic Violence – Update from the MOJ

The Ministry of Justice has today published that there is to be a ' Major overhaul of family courts to protect domestic abuse victims'......'Survivors of domestic abuse and their children will receive greater protections after the government today (25 June 2020) announced an overhaul of how the family courts deal with the horrific crime'.For further [...]

By |2020-06-25T07:47:23+00:00June 25th, 2020|Litigation|0 Comments

Latest news on the Domestic Abuse Bill 2019-21

A summary of the Domestic Abuse Bill 2019-2021 is on the parliamentary website as follows:‘To make provision in relation to domestic abuse; to make provision for and in connection with the establishment of a Domestic Abuse Commissioner; to prohibit cross-examination in person in family proceedings in certain circumstances; to make provision about certain violent or [...]

By |2020-06-11T12:23:21+00:00June 11th, 2020|Litigation|0 Comments

Update: The Family Court and COVID-19: The Road Ahead’-

Many thanks to Sir Andrew Macfarlane.As measures are being taken to ease us out of lockdown in England and many lawyers prepare to return back to their office building, Sir Andrew McFarlane, President of the Family Division, has today helpfully published ‘The Road Ahead’ for the Family Court in England and Wales….’‘This document seeks to [...]

By |2020-06-09T13:55:29+00:00June 9th, 2020|Litigation|0 Comments

119th Practice Direction Update to the Civil Procedure Rules – Online Civil Money Claims in support of the Covid-19 effort

Covid- 19 has brought its challenges to everyone including the justice system in England and Wales. On the 15th April 2020, HMCTS announced that the Master of the Rolls and the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice have signed amendments to Practice Direction 51R in relation to the Online Civil Money Claims (OCMC) pilot scheme. [...]

By |2020-04-16T08:17:28+00:00April 16th, 2020|Litigation|0 Comments

Two-week rapid consultation on remote hearings in the Family Court launched

The social distancing measures in place in view of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic has presented challenges for the family justice system, the Family Courts, professionals and the public. There are many ways to access and set up meetings remotely. Further practical, easy to follow quick guidance is needed on the use of remote court hearings. [...]

By |2020-04-15T08:16:04+00:00April 15th, 2020|Litigation|0 Comments

Family business priorities- Update from HMCTS on the 14th April 2020 in view of Coronavirus

The HMCTS has provided a helpful 'Summary of family business priorities previously agreed with the President of the Family Division: 14 April 2020' Coronavirus update. For further information see:  

By |2020-04-15T08:20:00+00:00April 14th, 2020|Litigation|0 Comments