Two of the most senior family law judges in England and Wales have thanked legal professionals for their efforts in maintaining the legal system during the current covid-19 pandemic.
Lady Justice King and Mrs Justice Theis issued a message on behalf of Sir Andrew McFarlane, the President of the Family Division, who is currently recuperating from heart surgery.
“It would not be an exaggeration to say that this year more than any other has been extraordinary. Even in these unprecedented times each one of you has played your part to keep our heavily burdened system functioning.”
The swift adoption of remote hearings via telephone and video in response to covid restrictions also drew praise.
“We know that for many this has not been at all easy at times, and that the pressure from the unremitting volume of work and indeed the way in which we have had to work, is not to be under-estimated. Knowing that this is so, redoubles our appreciation for all that you do.”
Sir Andrew is expected to return to his duties in the autumn they concluded.