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Family Courts Service in crisis, says Sir Mark Potter

'Some children will inevitably suffer from opening up of courts to media scrutiny'

In a wide ranging interview reported on the Guardian's website,  Sir Mark Potter, immediate past President of the Family Division, expresses concern that our inadequately resourced Family Courts Service is becoming overwhelmed by an increasing workload resulting in children being put in danger.

He refers to "advice deserts" in certain parts of the country caused by significant reductions in the number of law firms undertaking publicly funded work.

Sir Mark explains that he had reluctantly supported the increase media access to family courts but that it had been necessary to allay public concern about secret justice/injustice in the family justice system.  Whilst he is confident that increased media access will dispel such concerns he feels that a "sad spin-off" is that some children are bound to have been adversely affected.