Join HH Clifford Bellamy, Sir James Munby, Lucy Reed, Louise Tickle and Dr Julie Doughty for a panel discussion and interview on Thursday 26th March 2020 at 4pm,
For approaching two decades, the family courts have been accused of making life changing decisions about children and who they live with made in secret, away from the scrutiny of the public gaze. Recognising the force of these accusations, senior family courts judges have, over that time, implemented a raft of rule changes, pilot projects and judicial guidance aimed at making the family justice more accountable and transparent. The Court of Protection pilot on transparency instigated in 2016 was one such initiative and shows how the issue concerns all spheres of family court activity.
But has any progress been made? Are there still suspicions that family judges make irrevocable, unaccountable decisions in private hearings? And if so, are those suspicions justified and what can be done to dispel them?
In this webinar - in association with Class Legal's Family Law Hub - the author of the just published The "Secret" Family Court: Fact or Fiction?, HH Clifford Bellamy, will be interviewed by Louise Tickle, nationally renowned campaigning journalist on family court reporting to give listeners an idea of the key issues and why transparency matters.
Louise will then chair a panel session with Sir James Munby, immediate past President of the Family Division, Lucy Reed, legal blogger and Chair of The Transparency Project and Dr Julie Doughty from the University of Cardiff, to look at whether any progress has been made and what still needs to be done to maintain public trust in a fundamental part of the family justice system.
The webinar format gives you a unique chance to join in the discussion with some of the leading thinkers on the subject from wherever you are.
The event is free to attend but you will need to register here in advance.
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