12 May 2011
Senior judge calls for 'root and branch overhaul' of family law system
A "root and branch overhaul" of the UK's family law system is required if the country's legal sector is to adapt properly to the 21st century social environment.
That is according to Sir Paul Coleridge, High Court judge, who believes the government should seek to reform the current structure on matters such as divorce as soon as possible.
Speaking at an event entitled Does Family Law Shape Society or Vice Versa?, the official argued that the Conservative-Liberal Democrat alliance should ask an independent body to scrutinise the system and suggest areas that could be modernised.
Mr Justice Coleridge explained that "family law has not been subject to high level inquiry since the Royal Commissions in 1950" and insisted analysis is necessary as "the world we inhabit today is not the same as we inhabited" back then.
This has attracted support from Nola Leach - chief executive of Care, an organisation established in 1988 - who said she "wholeheartedly endorses" the judge's comments.
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Posted by Richard Saunders