The president of the Family Division has made clear that longer court hours are not sustainable, and normal sitting hours are 10.00am to 4.30pm.

Sir Andrew McFarlane has published his vision of The Road Ahead 2021, following the imposition of a new national lockdown which could last some weeks. 

He said he was “profoundly confident that the ‘can do’ approach that has been the hallmark of the Family Court from Day One will continue and will see us through”

He said that with the immediate period of “enhanced provision of remote hearings” followed by a more relaxed period of remote/hybrid hearings over the next six months, the need to maintain and enhance good practice remains a pri...

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