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Financial Remedies Court Pilot extended to South West

Mrs Justice Theis, acting President of the Family Division, has announced that the Financial Remedies Pilot will be launched in the South West with effect from 1 October 2020. The lead judge in each zone will now coordinate the detailed local arrangements.

Mrs Justice Theis says:

"The new Financial Remedies Courts scheme, featuring ticketing and allocation designed to ensure that all financial remedy cases are case managed and heard by a suitably experienced judge, is working extremely well in other parts of the country. I am sure it will be a welcome development for those practising in the South West. I am very grateful to the FRC Lead Judges who will now take on this important role in the new pilot courts."

The South West has been divided into three zones:

Bristol (operating from Bristol)         
Courts covered: Bristol, Gloucester, Swindon, Salisbury, Bath and Weston-super-Mare.
Lead judge: DJ Stephanie Cope.

Devon, Cornwall and South Somerset (operating from Plymouth)
Courts covered: Plymouth, Exeter, Torquay, Barnstaple, Truro, Bodmin, Taunton and Yeovil.
Lead judge: HHJ Paul Mitchell assisted by DJ Clare Maunder.

Dorset & Hampshire zone (operating from Bournemouth)
Courts covered: Bournemouth, Weymouth, Winchester, Portsmouth, Southampton, Aldershot, Basingstoke and Isle of Wight.
Lead judge: DJ John Bridger.