Quite enough to go on: The Week in View

The big family law story of the week was, of course, Sir Nicholas Wall's speech to Families Need Fathers. I have already commented upon the speech, both in this post and in this week's LoreCast. I shall not therefore say any more here, but for an interesting view on the implications of the speech, see this post by Marilyn Stowe.

Meanwhile, the leaked list of quangos currently under review includes a number that are of relevance to family justice, as Pink Tape points out. For example, the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority and the Legal Services Commission are apparently to be abolished, while CMEC, Cafcass and even the UK Supreme Court remain under review. The last one was a particular surprise, although the UK Human Rights Blog assures us that the highest appeal court in the land is not, in fact, for the chop.

Elsewhere, the Law Society's judicial review of the legal aid tender has been heard, with judgment expected 'within days'. Good job it's going to be soon, as quite what would happen if the Legal Services Commission, the defendant in the proceedings, were abolished before judgment were given, I do not know.

Lastly, something interesting actually happened at a political party conference when the Liberal Democrats passed a motion calling for "discriminatory" barriers to equal marriage rights to be removed. Whether they have the political clout to persuade their bedfellows in the coalition to support such a policy, however, seems unlikely.