Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Old John's Almanac 2014


Following the uncanny accuracy of my predictions for 2013, here are my predictions for 2014:

January - Disgruntled litigant Michelle Young launches an appeal against the decision of Mr Justice Moor, who only awarded her £20 million. She claims that ex-husband Scot Young is now worth at least £1 trillion.

February - New Justice Minister Simon Hughes recommends that family litigants resolve their disputes via mediation, rather than through the courts.

March - As part of a protest by fathers' rights group The Real Families Need Fathers 4 Justice, campaigner Fred Dibblethwaite throws a can of paint over a Jackson Pollock painting. Unfortunately for Dibblethwaite the protest goes unnoticed, as no one can spot the difference.

April - New Justice Minister Simon Hughes recommends that family litigants resolve their disputes via mediation, rather than through the courts.

May - President of the Family Division Sir James Munby issues guidance recommending that the windows of all the new Family Courts be cleaned every week. He says this will "aid transparency".

June - New Justice Minister Simon Hughes recommends that family litigants resolve their disputes via mediation, rather than through the courts.

July - President of the Family Division Sir James Munby issues guidance to all of the other guidance he has issued.

August - New Justice Minister Simon Hughes recommends that family litigants resolve their disputes via mediation, rather than through the courts.

September - As the appeal in Young v Young approaches court, Prime Minister David Cameron declares that he is on '#TeamMichelle'.

October - Not-so new Justice Minister Simon Hughes recommends that family litigants resolve their disputes via mediation, rather than through the courts.

November - Sir Paul Coleridge calls for divorce laws to be reformed so that it will only be possible to get a divorce by Act of Parliament. Sir Paul says that "hundreds" of other former judges support the move, but were too afraid to say so.

December - The Institute of Family Law Arbitrators announces that in 2014 it completed a record one-and-a-half arbitrations. Again.

Happy New Year!

2 comments:

  1. January 2015: Aging has-been Justice Minister Simon Hughes recommends that family litigants resolve their disputes through the courts, rather than via mediation, which has been coalition policy since before the coalition was formed.

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