District Judge Martin Dancey:
To some extent or other, all district judges are used to conciliating in private law children cases, particularly at the first hearing dispute resolution appointment. So a more formalised judicial conciliation scheme may be seen as no more than an extension of this function. Judicial conciliation has been offered as an alternative to conventional litigation at Bournemouth Combined Court since July 2010 and what follows is the model that has developed as a result.
The full version of this article appears in the April 2013 issue of Family Law.