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The family court system has adapted so well to remote working that some courts do not have a backlog of cases, the president of the Family Division said yesterday.

Describing the development as “surprising”, Sir Andrew McFarlane said judges, lawyers, court staff and everyone else involved “can hold your heads high looking back at what we’ve achieved over the last six months”.

Speaking at the opening of family law group Resolution’s online ‘Future of family practice’ conference, he said: “We’re in a position now where some of the courts haven’t got a backlog of cases. Others have but they’ve got a plan for dealing with them, and people are just cracking on and getting through the work.

“We are sitting and have sat more days in family than ever before despite the fact we haven’t had courtrooms.”

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