The President of the Family Division has written of his “profound thanks and appreciation” for legal professionals and support staff working in the “heavily burdened” family justice system.
In a short letter distributed across the court system, Sir Andrew McFarlane stressed that his message was intended for everyone involved:
“I hope that this short message will be read by every judge, magistrate, HMCTS staff member, civil servant, CAFCASS officer, social worker and lawyer involved in the Family Justice system and Court of Protection in England and Wales.”
Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) is the official name used for the entire legal system in England and Wales, while the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (CAFCASS) is a government body tasked with intervening in family court disputes involving children. The Court of Protection makes rulings regarding individuals who lack the ‘capacity’ to make their own decisions due to illness or disability.
In his letter, Sir Andrew explained that:
“I am writing simply to offer you my profound thanks and appreciation for all that each one of you has done to keep our heavily burdened system up, running and delivering results for the benefit of children and their families during the past 12 months. I know that for many this has not been at all easy at times, and that stress from the unremitting volume of work is not to be under-estimated. Knowing that this is so, redoubles my appreciation for all that you do.”
The letter was intended as a thank you to everyone involved in the system before the beginning of the annual summer break he continued.