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Throwing the baby out with the bathwater

We are beginning to see the adverse impact of cost savings in family law disputes, says District Judge Tacey Cronin

30 June 2014

Readers of SJ do not need to be reminded about the pace of change
in litigation. Financial crises always impose reform.

We can afford to travel to work, despite paycuts, if we give up our morning coffee. Although there may be unexpected consequences, such as arriving earlier but functioning differently without caffeine or at least until the old addiction is broken. And so it has been with the amendments to the CPR. Satellite litigation has exploded on the bonfire of shoddiness and variation, agreements and tolerance. Now we are beginning to appreciate the impact of cost savings in private law disputes.

There was undoubtedly a need to safeguard the public purse by cutting unnecessary expenditure. Equally, there was a preference for disputes concerning children...

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