The President of Family Division, Sir Andrew McFarlane has been actively engaging with Courts and legal professionals around the country to look at what needs to be changed in the Family Legal System to make it more effective and manageable.
I have no doubt that everyone knows someone or has personal experience of some of the problems with the family legal system particularly if you are forced to go to court. It is therefore very positive that these are being actively considered and addressed.
I certainly intend to respond to the consultation and keep up to date with the changes that will no doubt be happening soon. As a Mediator I support the suggestion below of Mediation and Information meetings (MIAMs) becoming a more enforceable requirement before applications are made to court.
udges could be told to get tougher on making sure parents attend mediation as part of a raft of emergency measures to stop the family justice system collapsing. Sir Andrew McFarlane, president of the family division, said the current volume of cases is ‘unprecedented and, on current resources, unsustainable’. Soon after becoming president last year, McFarlane set up judge-led public and private law working groups to come up with interim proposals to improve the system based on the existing law for children. The groups have come up with dozens of recommendations, published today.