Last month the President of the Family Division, Sir Andrew McFarlane, published what is intended to be an annual review of the current state of affairs in the family justice system.
The President also touches on the pilot for the Financial Remedy Court at Birmingham, reporting that its results are seen as entirely positive. This pilot is being rolled out in a further 9 areas. It involves judicial ‘ticketing’, gatekeeping, and allocation processes of the type that have been in place for some time for children work. One of the by-products of the new system is intended to be much more comprehensive data and, ultimately, published tables identifying in broad terms the ‘norm’ for particular categories of cases or commonly encountered circumstances. This may help to standardise legal advice and potentially help mediation clients to find common ground at an earlier stage.