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Roll out of Financial Remedies Court pilot confirmed

The President confirms the roll-out after further consultation.

  • The President of the Family Division, Sir Andrew McFarlane, has confirmed that the roll-out of the Financial Remedies pilot, announced by his predecessor in July this year, will now go ahead. 

    The proposal had been delayed while further consultation was carried out with the judiciary on how best to proceed.

    The announcement and courts where the pilot will operate are set out below:

    "In his final Presidential Guidance issued on 27th July, Sir James Munby announced that the Financial Remedies Pilot, which is currently confined to the West Midlands, would soon be extended to eight other court centres.

    Following further consultation, I am now pleased to announce that I have today given the 'green light' for the pilot to start working in each of these eight courts. The lead judge in each court will now liaise with Mostyn J and HHJ Hess to coordinate the detailed local arrangements.

    In essence the new scheme is a ticketing and allocation regime designed to ensure that all Financial Remedy cases are case managed and heard by a suitably experienced judge. The positive reports of the operation of the Birmingham Pilot auger well for its replication elsewhere. I am very grateful to HHJ Robin Rolland and DJ Jane Ingram who have led this work in Birmingham just as I am to the judges who will now take up the similar task in the new Pilot courts."

    Sir Andrew McFarlane, President of the Family Division
    1 November 2018

    The Pilot centres are as follows:

    Pilot - Centre  - Covering the following DFJ areas  - FRC Lead Judge 
    East Midlands Nottingham Nottingham, Derby, Leicester, Lincoln, Northampton HHJ Mark Rogers
    West Midlands Birmingham Birmingham, Coventry, Wolverhampton, Worcester, Stoke HHJ Robin Rowland
    Cheshire/Merseyside Liverpool  Liverpool  HHJ Andrew Greensmith
    North-east (1) Sheffield Sheffield, Hull DJ Stephen Rodgers
    North-east (2) Leeds Leeds, York DJ Helen Wood
    North-east (3)  Newcastle   Newcastle, Teeside  DJ Nicola Shaw 
    London The CFC CFC, East London, West London HHJ Martin O'Dwyer
    South-east Wales Newport Cardiff  HHJ Jonathan Furness QC
    South-west Wales Swansea Swansea  HHJ Malcolm Sharpe

News, published: 02/11/2018


Published: 02/11/2018


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