Since the lockdown was announced in March 2020 the Family Law Bar Association has been working closely with Resolution, the Bar Council, HMCTS and the judiciary from the President of the Family Division down to local and regional court centres to ensure the continued operation of family hearings. Members of chambers James Roberts QC (FLBA Treasurer), Charlotte Hartley (FLBA Secretary) and Peter Newman (FLBA National Committee and Finance Group) have been heavily involved in these on-going discussions.
The FLBA has recently provided training for its members and judges on the techniques of online advocacy and paperless working, and is continuing to promote the use of remote technology where a trial can fairly and appropriately be conducted via telephone or video conferencing software. As a direct result of FLBA recommendations, a number of courts have increased their capability to hold remote hearings, and new guidance is being issued all the time to encourage this practice. We hope this will enable more cases to be heard without delay, and result in fewer families having to wait for access to justice.
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By Charlotte Hartley – click here to view profile