About the Family Law Week blog

The Family Law Week Blog is a companion site to Family Law Week. It complements the news, cases and articles published on Family Law Week with additional comment and coverage of the wider aspects of family law.

The Blog is edited by Jacqui Gilliatt, of 4 Brick Court and Lucy Reed, of St Johns Chambers.

Friday, 3 October 2014

Abstracting electricity

I have it on good authority (Judge Altman) that practitioners are allowed to use electric points at the Central Family Court at least! If you have any problems with staff telling you otherwise drop me an email.

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Experts - directions

Re F (A Child) [2014] EWCA Civ 789


The Court of Appeal further established that in future every order directing the instruction of an expert, whatever the discipline, should contain an express recital to the effect that:
"The court is satisfied that the appointment of X is, in accordance with section 13(6) of the Children and Families Act 2014, necessary to assist the court to resolve the proceedings justly."

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Re the quickly, smoothly, efficiently introduced reform

A Central London LA reports that they have the new application forms but they are not able to save or email it. they have to print it off & scan it.

Does anyone have forms / CMOS etc which work?

Re the quickly, efficiently and smoothly introduced reforms

From the East London Family Court

We are having some technical difficulties at present with some of the orders that have been emailed in to us. I think this may be due to the old version of the draft case management order being used and therefore being incompatible with our systems (even though it was created by us).

Could you please be so kind as to circulate the version I have attached to anyone completing and filing the CMO including Counsel so that we ensure you get your orders in the correct manner and in an expectable amount of time, without our clerks pestering you and Counsel to re-draw the order. I'm afraid there is no other way around it.

Can you also please ensure that if we need the orders re-typed on this version that you DO NOT copy and paste. This creates the same problem as we are currently experiencing. I'm afraid the CMO must be completed from scratch.

I'd like to thank you all for your assistance with this and hope that within the next month or so this version should have filtered through and we should no longer be experiencing the current issues…..and instead of wasting time fiddling with these drafts we can get on with some more important work!!!

Thursday, 24 April 2014

Judge Joanne Harris

I am so very sorry to be writing this blog post and sorry too if this is how you learn the sad news that Judge Joanne Harris has died. I wonder how much more she could have borne of a life in which she was cruelly robbed of three of her great pleasures (see this piece she wrote recently for the Guardian) and for that reason and that reason only I am thankful it is over. Along with a huge number of friends and family members, I will miss her greatly and think of her often and she will remain the centre of a network which she knitted together and nurtured. I am grateful to those who took care of her in life and through her illness so that she knew she was loved. She was a great friend to me particularly during our years of studying together for the CPE & Bar (which often involved lots of her 3 great pleasures - hours of heated legal debate (which she usually won, especially if it involved land law), a bottle of red wine & a slice or two of her piece de resistance - spanakopita pie!). She was kind, funny and sharp, qualities that made her a much respected and liked tribunal as well as friend. Her strength of character was sadly tested by a number of challenging life events and it was not found wanting. Despite this she managed always to have compassion for those who were not so capable. I take inspiration from her example. Life is short but it is for living. Don't waste a second and fill it with love.