Perceptions of Children in the Family Courts, 21 January 2020

Sir James Munby, former President of the Family Division of the High Court of England and Wales

Sir James Munby will give a talk on his insight of how children were perceived by the legal system during his time as an advocate and as President of the family Division of the Family Division of the High Court.

Sir James has presided over landmark cases in child and family law, ranging from child protection, surrogacy, domestic abuse and divorce law. The focus will be on the changing perceptions of children during his time in practice, particularly in light of the development of European and international human rights law, which perceive children as independent rights-holders.

He was responsible for the reform of Practice Directions which restrict cross-examination of alleged victims by alleged perpetrators. He also been a strong proponent of open justice in family law, including the promotion of public hearings in family cases where appropriate and the publication of family law judgments. More recently, he has criticised the fragmentation of the processes of the Family Court, arguing for a re-vamped court capable of dealing holistically with the multiple difficulties faced by families, including economic, social, educational and health issues.

There will be a 50 minute talk followed by a 40 minute question and answer session and wine reception.

This event is sponsored by Glynis Wright & Co Family Solicitors & Mediators.


Date and time: 6–7:30pm, Tuesday 21 January, 2020
Location: Peter Williams Lecture Theatre
The event is open to both staff and students

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