Difficulties in recruiting to District Bench "to have adverse consequences" for civil, family jurisdictions: Lord Chief Justice

The Lord Chief Justice has warned of “a very worrying shortfall” in the recruitment of salaried members to the District Bench this year, saying that it will have adverse consequences for the family and civil jurisdictions.

Full story: Local Government Lawyer

Child maintenance arrangements made after speaking to CM Options, data up to August 2019

Preliminary estimates of the Child Maintenance outcomes of parents following contact with Child Maintenance (CM) Options.

Full story: Department for Work and Pensions

Concerns raised about Calderbank offers being used to assess litigation conduct

Reservations have been expressed about plans to change the rules for determining costs at the end of family proceedings.

Full story: Law Society Gazette

Domestic abuse 'biggest threat to child protection'

Domestic violence, family conflict and drink and drug abuse are the biggest drivers of the rise in child-protection cases in England, says the Local Government Association.

Full story: BBC News

Family Law Week Weekly Podcast Episode 1

A round-up of family law news from the past week and an in-depth look at recent cases hosted by Rachel Cooper, counsel, Coram Chambers.

Podcast: Family Law Week

Tort of deceit can exist between husband and wife

Claims ‘fundamentally incompatible’ with Court’s consideration of MCA s25.

Full story: Family Law Week

Judge criticises council for breaching duty of disclosure when making streamlined application for authorisation of deprivation of liberty

A council has been criticised by a Court of Protection judge for breaching the duty of full and frank disclosure when it made an application under the streamlined procedure for authorisation of a deprivation of liberty.

Full story: Local Government Lawyer

Judge concludes girls were not systematically abused by members of paedophile ring

A judge has concluded that three girls were not systematically abused by members of a paedophile ring after an “unprecedentedly complex” High Court investigation.

Full story: Care Appointments

President of the Family Division: Guidance as to reporting in the Family Courts

The President of the Family Division, Sir Andrew McFarlane, has issued the latest guidance for reporting in the Family Courts.

Full story: Courts and Tribunals Judiciary