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Realising a grand vision often hinges on the financial backing it receives. So how probable is Sir James Munby's online divorce vision?

9 May 2016

Speaking at the Family Law Bar Association annual dinner, the country's most senior family law judge, the President of the Family Division, Sir James Munby, told barristers that in future, some court processes will be almost entirely digitised, citing online divorce and online probate as early examples. He said plans to digitise these proceedings could be implemented by early 2017.

Munby went on to say: 'In times of austerity… we must constantly strive to improve, to streamline and to simplify the system.' He added that a paperless court must be a 'vision not of some distant future, but of what has to be and I believe can be achieved over the next four years of the courts modernisation programme'.

'It is a visionary programme of ambition unprecedented anywhere in the world. But it can be done; it must be done; it will be done. And when it has been done,...

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