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1st View from the President’s Chambers: The Number One priority

Date:24 JAN 2019

The President of the Family Division, Sir Andrew McFarlane, has issued his first View from the President’s Chambers, addressing what he states is his number one priority, ie the unprecedented and unsustainable volume of cases in the family justice system, and the impact of that on working conditions for professionals. He suggests a number of issues for potential dialogue including the opening hours of courts, the length of position statements and the potential for the relaxation of the requirements of the Family Procedure Rules 2010 (FPR, 2010) as to preliminary documents. He also confirms the establishment of three working groups in relation to private children, public children and experts.

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