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View from the bench | ‘We will be thrilled 
to see you’

District Judge Tacey Cronin promises a warm welcome for solicitors as the tide of litigants in person rolls in

3 May 2013

"Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen, nineteen and six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds ought and six, result misery."

Charles Dickens, David Copperfield, 1849

In these hard times, senior judges have great expectations that everybody will pull together to make good use of our resources. Since the beginning of April, the county court has seen the introduction of reforms designed to save the public purse, which have the potential to stimulate thought and make us all think creatively: some outcomes are positive, some are less so - and by the end of the working day on 2 April I had already had a hearing that tested the application of the principle in the Children Act 1989 that orders should not be made unless necessary

Both parties were represented. The child, aged eight, divided his time equally between his parents' homes in blocks of three or four nights and a single night on a p...

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