Kirsty Richards, Director & Head of Family at National Legal Service
Is there a postcode lottery involved when applying for a non molestation order as across our national family courts? What training has been given to the judiciary and is the discretion of the Judges considering the initial applications so wide that it has become a guessing game as to whether a case, that on paper has been assessed by the solicitor as having merits for urgent protection, will be treated as urgent by the family court. What more can be done to strengthen a client’s application for those emergency non molestation orders? What can we learn from our client’s about the journey and their experiences of the family court. This opinion piece explores these issues and discusses how we can keep improving our own legal drafting to capture the client’s allegations of domestic abuse persuasively.
The full article will be published in the April issue of Family Law.