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J udges are having to turn mediator between rowing couples in the courtroom in the wake of legal aid cuts. More parents are representing themselves in family court proceedings when unable to qualify for financial support for legal representation. Sir Andrew McFarlane, president of the Family Division, said that, as a result, hearings take longer and judges have "developed a new set of skills to deal with highly conflicted individuals". This includes having to explain the legal context and establish the crux of the case as well as ensuring both sides put across their points in an "orderly way". He added: "There are many examples of judges who face security issues in dealing with private la... Full story

22 July