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Divorce centres: Progress report
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We have been monitoring the
progress of the new divorce centres.
Recently Twitter has seen a few comments about the
operation of the new divorce centres. Below are a few examples:
Family law solicitor and arbitrator,
who made a series of Freedom of information (FoI) requests of the Ministry of
Justice (MoJ), and whose research broke the news that
Bury St Edmunds would be the single divorce centre
for the London and the South East has been speaking
to HMCTS. Roe said, ‘I put these comments to HMCTS and received the following
"We remain on track to complete the transfer of
work to the Divorce Centre in Bury from the 45
London and South East courts by October
2015. Staff recruitment is taking longer than we had
anticipated so we are deploying additional resources from the Region
to support the Divorce Centre over the next few weeks. Our short-term
aim is to process all work within a maximum of 5 days."
Roe added, 'HMCTS hopes for economies of scale,
not to mention a better service. Before centralisation, the Service said that
there was a backlog of 600 petitions in Brighton and Guildford going back three
months, contrasting sharply with, what we hope are, teething troubles caused by
current staff shortages. Hopefully the vacancies will be filled relatively
quickly to remedy these.'
Tony Roe’s account of Divorce Centres and how they are operating in the August