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Remote Family Court Hearings with Comptons

In March 2020, we saw the UK go into lockdown due to covid19 and everyone having to learn a new way of living. The UK Government had indicated that people should work from home where possible and many people were placed on furlough.

The Family Courts, had to adapt and make use of technology to try and limit the delays caused to families. Prior to the lockdown, we would always see clients face to face and all hearings would be in person. We have now seen that most hearings have been held remotely (telephone or video) which have worked well but arguably, there has been the risk that legal representatives do not have the same pre-hearing discussions outside the Court room that perhaps they would have in person. Nevertheless, the reduction of travel time to Court hearings can be beneficial for legal representatives and parties. Also Court hearings can be quite intimidating for parties involved in domestic abuse so remote hearings has helped with reducing the anxiety they may suffer. 

We have found there are numerous pro’s and con’s for hearings taking place remotely over the last two years. From 1st March 2022, all first hearing notice for any applications issued in the family division after that date in the RCJ only will be listed as an attended hearing. 

At Comptons Family Solicitors, we have the latest technologies that enable us to deal with matters promptly, no matter where you based. We will support you through each stage of your case whether the hearings are heard remotely in person. 

 

This blog is not to be taken as legal advice and you should contact us with full details of your own circumstances so we can advise you.

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About the Author
Kiran Reyat, Senior Associate, Head of Family Law

Specialises in: Family Law

If you require legal advice about divorce or in respect of any of the contents of this article, please contact Kiran Reyat in the Family Law department at Comptons Solicitors LLP. (kiran@comptons.co.uk / 020 3869 4466).