Occasionally controversial High Court judge Sir Paul Coleridge has retired to focus on campaigning against marriage breakdown.
Appointed to the High Court in 2000, Sir Paul went on to found charity the Marriage Foundation, which works to “champion long-lasting, stable relationships within marriage”.
He criticised the warning, claiming that it was “a disproportionate and unfair reaction to a few lines in two newspapers.”
Speaking at a retirement event held in the Royal Courts of Justice, the former Mr Justice Coleridge said:
“I know how consoling and good a good marriage can be and how it gets better over the years and also how ghastly family breakdown can be. Something can and should be done to stem the tide of family breakdown. Family judges have a unique experience of this and therefore a unique contribution to make. We should not be afraid to speak out.”
“I cannot sit here day after day watching misery and doing nothing.”
According to a report in the Telegraph, the retirement event was attended by Family Division President Sir James Munby, the most senior family law judge in England and Wales.