The president of the family division Sir Andrew McFarlane has this week warned that the problems of the crisis in the family courts were not going away and are getting worse. 

At an open meeting of the Family Justice Council held remotely this week the president, who chaired the meeting, observed that while some district family judges were coping well, others were struggling.

Mr Justice Williams told the meeting that the South East circuit had seen an increase of 44 per cent in applications to the court on the same period compared to last year.

One council member said this was largely attributable to cases of domestic violence, such as applications for injunctions, which had “gone through the roof”.


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