Delays with the Court.

Delays with the Court.

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  • 08 Jun

In early 2015, HM Courts and Tribunal Service, implemented central divorce centres across the UK which would be the only point of entry across the single family court for issuing divorce petitions and financial remedy applications.

The rationale behind the move to centralisation was to allow Legal Advisers to deal with the majority of routine decree nisi applications with the intention of freeing up judicial time for other work and to reduce processing delays and inconsistency.

At the time of implementation, solicitors from Wright Solicitors attended a Court users group meeting and members were reassured that processing times and delay would not be a concern and at most there would be a two week turn around time in respect of divorce work.

We are now four years on and sadly the reassurances provided by HM Courts and Tribunal Service have not materialised. In fact, we are experiencing some of the longest delays there have ever been in the Court dealing with matters.

If you e-mail the West Midlands Divorce Unit, you are met with the following message:

  1. We are currently processing acknowledgements of service received on the date of receipt (Monday to Friday 8am-4pm).
  2. We are currently processing applications for directions for decree nisi received on 24th April 2019
  3. We are currently processing Applications received on 23rd April 2019
  4. We are currently processing correspondence including emails received on 13th May 2019
  5. We are currently processing approved / refused directions for trial applications considered on 12th April 2019
  6. We are currently processing approved / refused orders made by a District Judge on 24th April 2019
  7. We are currently processing Form A's received on 17th April 2019 which are included in the Birmingham Pilot Scheme
  8. We are currently processing Form A's received on 18th April 2019 which are not part of the Birmingham Pilot Scheme.
  9. Consent Orders received on 21st May 2019 waiting to be considered by a District Judge
  10. Replies to Consent Order refusals that were received on 13th May 2019 waiting to be considered by a District Judge.
  11. We are currently processing Consent Orders that were approved on 24th April 2019
  12. We are currently processing Consent Orders that were refused on 24th April 2019
  13. We are currently processing Decree Absolutes received on date of receipt (Monday to Friday 8am-4pm)

As you can see, there is a considerable delay in the Court dealing with most applications and this often causes unwanted stress and anxiety for clients who are waiting to hear back from the Court in respect of their applications.

We would hope that the HM Courts and Tribunal Service will be addressing these issues to ensure the smooth running of the legal system for family law cases in the future.

If we can assist you in your family law case, please contact 01384 255344 (Dudley) or 01299 402741 (Bewdley).

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