Remote hearings: ‘mute the misbehaving’

15 Apr 2020

A snap consultation on remote hearings in the family courts has been launched, while separately there are reports of litigants in remote hearings verbally abusing judges.

Senior justices said this week they will be asking their technology staff to “explore whether there is a facility for people who misbehave to be muted”.

The rapid two-week consultation into the family justice system, announced by the president of the Family Division Sir Andrew McFarlane, is being undertaken by the independent Nuffield Family Justice Observatory (NFJO).

The NFJO will gather evidence from a wide range of individuals and professionals such as the judiciary, solicitors and counsel, Cafcass workers, court staff and social worker...

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