Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service will begin trialling a new specialist financial remedies court next year, Sir James Munby has announced.
In an official circular, the President of the Family Division said the case for a national network of such courts had been “persuasively argued” by legal authorities. He noted that he had himself expressed support for the concept in the 17th View from the President’s Chambers, published earlier this year.
He hoped to see the pilot scheme begin in February, he explained, in three locations: London, South East Wales and the West Midlands, adding:
“I envisage that further pilots will follow quite shortly on a rolling programme.”
A series of regional financial remedies ‘hubs’ will eventually be established, with a lead judge appointed for each. Mr Justice Mostyn will take on the role of lead judge for the whole network.
Initially the new courts will focus solely on financial settlements in divorce, before taking over responsibility for all financial issues currently heard within the family courts, the President explained. They will function independently of regional divorce centres.
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