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Sandra Davis' Week: A tale of two Presidents

Date:10 JUN 2010

A tale of two Presidents

Sandra DavisSir Mark Potter's five year tenure as President of the Family Division was far from uneventful. During a period that saw intense interest in the workings of the Family Justice System despite (or perhaps because of) his background as a commercial practitioner and judge history will show that his tenure was a success.

He presided over a significant number of hugely important decisions (covering the entire panoply of family law: jurisdiction finance private and public law international abduction and adoption). At the same time he oversaw fundamental changes to the management of the family justice system. 

Implementation of the rules allowing media access to family proceedings took place during his watch as did a complete redraft of the Family Proceedings Rules (which are awaiting final sign off).

His most important contribution to the family justice system may however prove to...

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