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From the archive: May 15, 1958

Procedure in Divorce Cases

10 May 2016

The Court for Divorce and Matrimonial Causes has been in action long enough to enable us to appreciate, to some extent, the mode in which it is likely to operate. One unpleasant feature connected with it is, perhaps, nothing more than an inevitable incident of the first establishment of such a jurisdiction. We allude to the large number of cases in which it has pronounced judgment of dissolution of marriage. Some days back Lord Campbell announced, with much apparent satisfaction, that since the opening of the Court eight such judgments had been given, and he added that, in one or two instances the parties could not, under the old system, have obtained relief from Parliament. We may hope that this rush of business will not continue, and that it is due to the practical denial of relief to all but the wealthy which formerly existed.

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