Top family judge to consider transparency of family court system


Sir James Munby, the most senior family court judge in England and Wales, will review a decade-long case with hopes that it can be resolved.

At the centre of the dispute is a father fighting to gain access to his daughter.

The President of the Family Division of the High Court said he will hear details of the case in an upcoming family court hearing.

Over the last decade, the father has been fighting for access to his daughter in numerous courts, but he says not one judge’s ruling has ever been published.

The father requested that the top judge looks over the process and assess whether the system has been fair and transparent.

According to reports, the father of the child raised concerns about the case after an academic report revealed that clients have a “patchy understanding” of the family justice system because judges were not consistently following guidance on the publication of case rulings.

In a preliminary hearing on Thursday, Sir James said: “This has been going on for a very long time

“It does seem to me that this is a situation where there is a crying need to make one final effort to get some resolution.

“This is a case which, for whatever reason, has been in and out of court on a very large number of occasions.”


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