This week Sir James Munby, the head of the family court, stated that consideration should be given to the process of divorce being dealt with by a “registrar of births, deaths, marriages and divorce” rather than by Judges and for there to be an introduction of “no-fault” divorce. The comments, which also included suggestions that the injustice faced by cohabiting couples should be tackled, come on the back of the reform of the family justice system which came into effect on 22nd April which brought into being the single Family Court.
Sometimes I think people forget what the law is for. There are lawyers, I am afraid to say, who think the law is there so they can make a living, a very good one in some cases. Government ministers seem to think it is either a drain on the public purse or a means through which liberal trouble makers can block or upset their policy initiatives. And some newspaper columnists seem to think it’s only for the educated.
Would you rather represent yourself in court or perform your own appendectomy? It sounds like a fairly straightforward question and at first thought, and quite possibly second and third thoughts as well, most of us would plump for representing ourselves in court: there is, arguably, less blood, less pain and less chance of death.