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Lord Chief Justice highlights online divorce scheme in speech

The Lord Chief Justice Lord Burnett delivered a speech on ‘the age of reform’, at the fifth BAILII lecture. He discussing the courts modernisation programme and highlighted the online divorce pilot scheme, saying that it was ‘working well.’ “The (online divorce) pilot has now moved to general availability since 1 May. Over 600 applications were […]

Landlord fined for housing family in dangerous property

A landlord from Peterborough who housed tenants, including young children, in an overcrowded and dangerous property has been fined after he failed to make improvements. Raashid Alyas was fined £4,000 and ordered to pay another £1,000 in other costs at Peterborough Magistrates’ Court after admitting a number of offences relating to the home. The court […]

Supreme Court rules in divorce maintenance case

The Supreme Court considered whether a businessman should increase maintenance to his former wife 16 years after their divorce. Last year Graham Mills was ordered by the Court of Appeal to increase monthly maintenance payments to his former wife, Maria, from £1,100 per month to £1,441 for life as she was “unable to support her […]

Landlord fined £11,600

A landlord from Devizes has been fined £11,600 for exposing tenants including a family with children to dangerous living conditions. Ansar Butt, 39, admitted 24 breaches of the Houses of Multiple Occupation Regulation and four counts of failing to undertake works following the issue of an improvement notice. The trial at Swindon Magistrates Court found […]

Courts Service to use online divorce pilot to develop digital family law service

The Courts Service will develop its new online divorce family law service following the online divorce pilot. Her Majesty’s Courts & Tribunals Service (HMCTS) have already started enabling people to issue divorce petitions online. HMCTS divorce service manager Adam Lennon said, “Now that the application part of the divorce process is online we will, over the […]

Son goes to court to claim inheritance

A man has gone to court to claim the money his late mother left after her last boyfriend launched a claim for a share.   James Campbell, 35, said his late mother Sarah promised he would have everything when she died.   He also claims her will, drawn up 14 years before her death, handed […]

Supreme Court to hear rare contested divorce case

The Supreme Court will decide whether a woman can divorce her husband even though he contested the move. The case of Tini Owens, 67 and her husband Hugh, 78 has raised questions about whether there should be an overhaul of the divorce law in England and Wales. Mrs Owens said her marriage had broken down […]