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Days after the most senior family judge apologised to practitioners for delays and inefficiencies at the regional divorce centres, his outspoken predecessor has criticised HM Courts & Tribunals Service for being 'unable or unwilling' to resource them adequately.

Sir Andrew McFarlane, president of the family division, told family law group Resolution's conference earlier this month that the 11 centres 'have not worked well' and 'indeed, some, particularly Bury St Edmunds, Liverpool and Bradford have provided a wholly unacceptable service'.

This week McFarlane's predecessor, Sir James Munby, said the centres had become 'bywords for delay and inefficiency, essentially because HMCTS has been unable or unwilling to furnish them with adequate numbers of staff and judges'.

Full Story: Law Gazette

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