Family courts have often been seen by the media as secretive and controversial. Judgments made in family courts and the Court of Protection concern some of the most vulnerable members of society and, therefore, in the past, it has been considered necessary by the courts to shield those involved from public scrutiny.
However, Sir James Munby, President of the Family Division as at January 2014, believed this led to the public’s misunderstanding and mistrust of the work carried out in the courts.
The President therefore offered new guidance to enable the publication of a greater number of family court and Court of Protection judgments, so that there would be “greater transparency” within both courts.
He hoped that this would improve public understanding of court processes and help to develop confidence in the justice system. Continue reading →