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Posts from June 2021

At least five Nightingale courts will shut this week, despite calls from the legal profession for more court capacity. 
 
Temporary courts in Birmingham, Hull, Lancaster, Middlesbrough and Stafford will close at the end of June. HM Courts & Tribunals Service said it will consider alternative venues in locations where an ‘operational need remains’. 
 
Law Society president, Stephanie Boyce said: ‘We’ve been saying for some time that government must maximise existing court capacity as we emerge from lockdown and boost capacity through many more Nightingale courts in order to increase the amount of jury trials that can safely take place, enabling access to justice for victims, witnesses and defendants.’ 
There is another consultation happening, this being the third since remote hearings were introduced. This is due to the restrictions easing meaning the way family court hearings happen could be due to change to fit in line with these easing of restrictions. 
 
The 2 week rapid consultation is based around remote, hybrid and in person hearings in the family justice system and court of protection. 
 
This survey will be based around the pros and cons of remote working, attending court in person and also what parts of remote working would be beneficial to keep. 
 
The consultation is due to close on the 27th June with findings being published the following month. 
There is finally a date for the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020 to come into force, the date has been set for the 6th April 2022. 
 
This has been extended from the original estimation of Autumn 2021, but there is no worry that this 6th April 2022 date could be moved due to it now being fixed as a matter of parliamentary record. 
 
The former chair of resolution Nigel Shepherd gave a comment on this, “Whilst any delay is disappointing, we do now have certainty over the introduction of this important reform, and will be able to advise clients accordingly” 
 
This Act will bring a change to how divorce, dissolution and separations are conducted and hopefully give them a more amicable feel in such a high intense part of someone’s life. 

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