Charon QC is right. I have to comment on Jack Straw’s apparent reluctance to appoint Lord Justice Wall as the new President of the Family Division, reported on here by The Times. It is difficult to think of any reason for Mr Straw’s request that the appointment panel reconsider other than Wall LJ’s willingness to speak frankly about the state of the family justice system. Thinking back to Wall LJ’s speech about ‘coming off the bench’ in the latter part of last year one imagines a change of tack would be likely if Wall were to succeed the current President Mark Potter.
Although I have taken some time to post this since the story first broke I can find no fresher information than the Times report linked to above, so I assume there is no further announcement as yet. Cutting it a bit fine eh?