Orange Day: the world turns orange

The International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women  The International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women was established in 1999 by the General Assembly of the United Nations, with Resolution 54/134 of 17 December, and is held every year on 25 November. The day is also known as Orange Day because the colour orange is recognised across the world […]

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Transparency in the Family Courts Report

The President of the Family Division, Sir Andrew McFarlane, has published a report providing his conclusions following a review of the provisions on transparency in the family courts. He outlines that “the present system in the Family Courts whereby a journalist may attend any hearing but may not always report what they observe, is not […]

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“Special Measures” against fear

Special measures are provisions available under the direction of the court to aid vulnerable parties to give evidence or participate in court proceedings. Provision for special measures in family proceedings is made in Part 3A of the Family Procedure Rules 2010, supported by Practice Direction 3AA. These rules provide that victims of domestic abuse, and […]

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