We’re delighted to announce a new series of Family Law focused episodes on our podcast Law Pod UK. Experts Clare Ciborowska and Richard Ager join Rosalind English in the first of a series of discussions with our family law team highlighting legal developments and analysing cases from the family courts.
In the first episode (Episode 144 of Law Pod UK), they focus on the challenges presented to family court judges by the obligation to hold full fact finding hearings where allegations of domestic abuse have been made. The details of this duty are to be found in recent guidance for lawyers, known as Practice Direction 12J FPR2010, but the difficulties of applying this guidance have yet to be played out in real cases. There are problems with the overlap between criminal and family law, with the lack of legal aid for defendants, and, above all, the difficulties faced by judges tasked with the trying to run an inquisitorial hearing whilst being as supportive as possible to people representing themselves (litigants in person).
Clare and Richard talk about the various issues arising out of the guidance mentioned above and the case law which led to and followed that guidance. Below are the links to the cases, guidance and references mentioned in the podcast:
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