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.

Monday, 21 April 2008

Video Links & the magistrates courts

And another thing ... I have just been told by a magistrates court outside London that magistrates have no power to receive evidence by video link. I am not aware of any procedural or statutory bar on this but perhaps I am missing something. It makes a bit of a mockery of the references scattered throughout the PLO about all family courts making greater use of video link and similar technology to minimise the inconvenience to experts who might be in South Africa at a conference or having accidents in the Antipodes. Has anyone else come across this problem? Does it have a legal basis?

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