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Orthodox children ‘should live with both parents’, court rules

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The two children of an orthodox Jewish mother should live with their father part of the time, a family court judge ruled in a recently published judgement. ‘A’ and ‘B’, aged nine and seven, have been the subject of multiple family court judgements as a result of their parents’ contentious divorce after the father chose to leave the family’s strictly orthodox Haredi community in London. His decision was described in a subsequent ruling as having had a “cataclysmic impact on each member of the family”. After leaving the father became involved with the more moderate Modern Orthodox community and the…

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Huge public support for legal aid

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Despite severe cutbacks in recent years, the public remains overwhelmingly in favour of legal aid a new report suggests. Legal needs of Individuals in England and Wales was jointly published by the Law Society and the Legal Services Board. It presents the findings of a major online survey conducted by the polling organisation YouGov last year, featuring input from over 28,000 people on 34 different legal issues: the biggest survey conducted on this topic to date. A decisive 92 per cent of respondents said they were in favour of legal aid. A significant majority (64 per cent) reported involvement in…

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Austerity causing “serious difficulty” insists former Supreme Court President

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Former President of the Supreme Court President Lady Hale claimed in a recent interview that cuts in government spending have caused “serious difficulty” for many litigants. The 74 year-old Leeds native retired from her post this month, after two years and three months in the role. Speaking to the Today programme on BBC Radio 4, she insisted: “I don’t think that anybody who has anything to do with the justice system of England and Wales could fail to be concerned about the problems which the reduction in resources in several directions has caused for the system as a whole. The…

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McKenzie Friends “biased and misleading” claims study

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McKenzie Friends provide “biased and misleading advice” to people caught up in family court disputes, a new study has claimed. McKenzie Friends are courtroom advisors who work with ‘litigants in person’ (LiPs): people who represent themselves during a court case, usually because they cannot afford legal representation. Despite their role, they do not need legal qualifications. Some charge fees while others work purely informally. Without legal qualifications McKenzie Friends cannot address the Judge while in court unless they are invited to do so. But they are allowed to provide advice to the litigant and help with note-taking and court papers….

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