February 17th, 2017
Big day arrives – months of letters have gone (at a cost of several thousand) and attempts to avoid the day have been thwarted, so what does justice look like?
Well it mostly looks a bit grotty. The court budgets have been slashed, it is a system in crisis and you can only moan to those on the phone, which may ring in another part of the country rather than the other side of the wall in the court reception area.
In some courts the chairs are screwed down to avoid theft, in others you can’t bring in water as it has been used as a weapon against the judiciary. However much money you may be fighting over, you are likely to have to make some of the most important decisions you will ever be faced with just outside the toilets as there is rarely anywhere else to sit.
This week there was a prisoner in one room so they heightened security, a barrister breaking into the tuck machine with a hole in his trousers, a screaming child and of course the normal quota of hysteria. It is a hotbed of emotion and my clients have only ever been underwhelmed by it.
And the Judges? Overworked generally, with too many cases to have given much more than a cursory glance to the papers. They are also very careful not to alienate anyone so rarely critical in the early stages however abhorrent the behaviour has been.
Court is not the key to a good outcome for anyone. If sense is not seen during the process, life decisions are made by a Judge who doesn’t know you or your children and it costs a lot of money to lose that control.
The only positive is that it will conclude eventually.
Court should be the last resort. It is better for all families that dispute resolution to be explored as an alternative and if that is unsuccessful, Arbitration. The old adage “see you in court” is masochistic verging on self-harm as why would you do that to yourself?
Lawyers are officers of the court but good lawyers are much more than that, their skill is in avoidance of a court driven outcome.
Loraine is a Director of Hawkins Family Law specifically recommended by The Legal 500 as a specialist who “fights her clients’ corner, but knows when it is in a client’s interests to settle.” Loraine has over 20 years experience in family law and has always specialised in this area. In recent years Loraine has spent the majority of her time acting for clients in relation to financial matters following relationship breakdowns, particularly more complex cases involving trust company assets or pensions. She also deals with complex children matters such as removal from jurisdiction, protracted and difficult child arrangement orders.
Loraine is actively involved in Resolution both nationally and regionally to promote good family law practice. She is a Resolution accredited specialist and trained as a Collaborative lawyer in 2005. Since then she has concluded many successful collaborative cases and is now also trained as a Mediator. She established the Milton Keynes Regional Group of Resolution and still chairs that group as well as being a member of the Collaborative Pod.
Trained at Pictons in Milton Keynes. Qualified in 1996. Head of Department at both Fennemores and Matthew Arnold & Baldwin in Milton Keynes. Loraine joined Hawkins Family Law in 2009 and is now a Director and works as part of the team that The Legal 500 classes as “exemplary”.
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