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Sir David Bodey retires from the Family Division of the High Court

Judge says he is ‘shamed’ by cases in which parties have to represent themselves

Sir David Bodey retires from the Family Division of the High Court with effect from 15 October 2017.

Sir David Bodey was called to the Bar (M) in 1970, took Silk in 1991 and was elected a Bencher in 1998. He was appointed an Assistant Recorder in 1989, a Recorder in 1993 and a Deputy High Court Judge in 1994. He was appointed a Judge of the High Court (Family Division) in 1999 and was the Family Division Liaison Judge for London from 1999 to 2001 and for the North Eastern Circuit from 2001 to 2007. He was appointed a Member of the Family Justice Council and Director of Family Training for the Judicial College in 2008.

Speaking at a ceremony to mark his retirement, Mr Justice Bodey said that as a result of legal aid cuts, more people had been forced to represent themselves at hearings he had overseen in recent years, and they did not have the required knowledge or skills. He said:

"I find it shaming that in this country, with its fine record of justice and fairness, that I should be presiding over such cases."

For a report in The Guardian about Sir David's comments, click here.