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The president of the family division has signalled a 'significant change in direction' in how the family courts will work as he became the latest senior judge to issue coronavirus-related guidance. The advice follows the lord chief justice's statement that remote hearings should become the default in civil and family justice. 

Sir Andrew McFarlane said the aim of his Covid-19 guidance is to ‘keep business going safely’.

While all family court hearings should be conducted remotely via email, phone, video or Skype, he said a court-based hearing should take place ‘where the requirements of fairness and justice’ require it, and it is safe to do so.

Read the full article here: Law Gazette

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