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Designated Family Judge for Avon, North Somerset and Gloucestershire, HHJ Stephen Wildblood QC has been involved in raising awareness of issues surrounding the Family Courts in a rather unique way: through interactive theatre productions. The first production is taking place on the 6th July 2017 and is to be entitled ‘The State V The Family: Drawing the Line.’
At Exeter Combined Court Centre, a successful collaboration between PSU, LawWorks, the Bar Pro Bono Unit and local lawyers, has resulted in the opening of a family advice clinic in the court at Southernhay Gardens, for free legal help with private family (children) disputes, and non-molestation/occupation orders. The service will be available on the first Friday of each month, and there will be seven 30-minute appointment slots available, for initial advice in these family matters. To make an appointment, please call PSU Exeter on 01392 415335. PSU Exeter is always looking out for new volunteers: to discuss volunteering, please contact the Manager, Matt Bass, on the number above, or visit the PSU website, where you can complete a brief expression of interest form.
PSU has just extended its Bournemouth service into Southampton Combined Court. Initially, we are open on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings for both pre-booked appointments and drop-in clients. To contact PSU Southampton, call 02380 829862, or ring Bournemouth (01202 417606) to make appointments at either service. We are recruiting volunteers at both centres: to discuss volunteering, please contact the Manager, Amy Metters, at PSU Bournemouth on 01202 417606 (closed on Wednesdays). Alternatively, please visit the PSU website, where you can complete a brief expression of interest form.
(Author: Laura Cassidy, Fundraising and Development Manager at the Access to Justice Foundation) Find out about the sponsored legal walks happening around the country and how you can get involved. Organised by Legal Support Trusts around the country, legal walks raise funds for free legal advice charities. If you are a charity that offers free legal advice or offers support to litigants in person (e.g PSU), you can 100% fundraise for your organisation.
The site is aimed at people who are involved in or may be involved in a case in the Family Court in this area (Bristol, Weston, Gloucester and Bath). It sets out the range of help that is available locally, and provides basic information about how the Family Court works. The site has been created by a group of family lawyers based in Bristol, however the information may be of relevance nationwide. Twitter @familycourtinfo.
Students from the University of Bristol, the University of Law and the University of the West of England are holding information sessions for LIPs explaining the court procedure, what you can expect in court and what you need to do in preparation for the court hearing. The sessions run weekly at the Bristol Civil and Family Justice Centre and include a tour of the court.
New PSU services in 2016 include Bournemouth, Chester, Newport and West London Family Court: these services are currently part-time, and opening hours vary, so please check the PSU website for details.