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Mixed messages

The search for answers continues in the family court system, says Marilyn Stowe

13 February 2014

The family court system is being overhauled, particularly in the area of public law. It is being streamlined and modernised. There is no choice but to buckle down, grit teeth and deliver the cheapest system possible. Meanwhile, what does the future look like for those of us associated with private practice family law? I am not sure anyone can predict with absolute accuracy. Even our judges are delivering mixed messages.

It seems to me that the President of the Family Division, Sir James Munby, has long since accepted the demise of legal aid and the reduced role the lawyers will play. Writing in one family law periodical, he remarks of 2014: “the focus must now be on the necessary changes and reforms in relation to private law....A system based on the assumption that parties are represented must be radi...

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