The Family Court in Lockdown – Gresham Panel Discussion

*movie trailer voice* Tonight, on a screen somewhere near you….starring Professor Jo, Cyrus Larizadeh, Louise Tickle….and …..drum roll. *cough* Me.

Well, I’m not sure how well we fulfilled our brief, and I think I have the look of a woman whose brain has been fried by too much screen time, but if you would like to watch us discussing how lockdown affected the family court then click on the link from 6pm tonight.

Official blurb below…

How has lockdown affected the Family Court?

Emeritus Professor of Law at Gresham College, Jo Delahunty QC chairs a panel of senior lawyers and journalists discussing the issues faced by family courts and by families during lockdown.

How has COVID-19 affected child protection?

How have lawyers maintained professional and family links under lockdown?

Have vulnerable clients been locked out from Court and their lawyers?

Have families lost face to face contact with babies and children in foster care under social isolation policies and the closure of contact centres?

What of the pain of permanent loss: is it humane to have “farewell contact” under COVID-19? Is that happening?

The discussion will explore how the family court is adapting and functioning and how legal professionals are working and coping inside and outside the court. This will be a frank look at how lawyers are trying to deliver justice to the most vulnerable members of society, especially the child, whether they are succeeding, at what cost, and who cares.

Gresham College has been giving free public lectures since 1597. This tradition continues today with all of our five or so public lectures a week being made available for free download from our website. There are currently over 2,000 lectures free to access or download from the website.

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