Sir James Munby opens new family court in London

Family Law|December 22nd 2014

Sir James Munby, the President of the Family Division, has opened a new family court centre for East London.

Located on Canary Wharf, the new facility offers 12 courtrooms and will handle both divorce applications and children’s cases, including contact, child protection cases and adoption proceedings. As a brand new facility, four of the new courtrooms are equipped with video linking equipment for use by vulnerable witnesses during court proceedings.

The Centre will be responsible for family court needs across the boroughs of Tower Hamlets, Barking and Dagenham, Waltham Forest, Redbridge, Sutton, Havering, Newham, Croydon, Bromley and Bexley, with additional responsibility for private family cases from Greenwich and Lewisham.

East London Family Court is the third family court centre to be opened in London in the ongoing roll-out of the new single family court system.

Sir James Munby said the opening marked “another vital step in the changes to the way family cases are dealt with in London”, and said it would improve access to family justice across the capital.

Photo of Canary Wharf by DAVID ILIFF. License: CC-BY-SA 3.0

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  1. William says:

    New court, old language?

  2. Andrew says:

    Are there enough consultation rooms? I doubt it. In which case how long before a notice appears on one of them announcing that it is “reserved” for some worthy institution and not available first come, first served? (I always take those notices down if I need a room to speak to my client in private!)

    Anywhere to get a decent coffee or will there be one machine which dispenses lukewarm gnat’s urine when it is not broken down?

    Will it be like Liverpool where there is a place to get a meal but the loos next to it are often locked over lunchtime because “otherwise they get used so much” and the staff suggest you go tot he shopping centre over the road?

    Oh, the joys of litigation . . .

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