The Ministry of Justice have just this moment published a press release to say that Sir Nicholas Wall, the current President of the Family Division is to retire on the 1st December, 2012 ( this year), on grounds of ill-health.
Working within the confines of the courts and the limits of the law, Sir Nicholas was one of the more outspoken judges of his time and certainly pioneered radical discussion on increasing rights for unmarried couples, implementing no-fault divorce and more access to the family courts through media reporting to help increase transparency inside the system. He was also kind enough to take time out of his busy schedule to be a panel member for our Westminster Debate for KIDS.
We will be sorry to see him leave and wish him a quick recovery. However, the question which remains, is who will take Sir Nicholas’s place, as the new President of the Family Division?