Digitisation of divorce applications

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01 May, 2018

Rubina Vohra

Outspoken Judge and President Judge Munby has said that the pilot of the digitised divorce petition has been a "triumphant success".

It has been found that 13,000 hours of court staff time could be saved by applications being made online rather than paper applications.  Adam Lennon, who is the head of Family Modernisation and Improvement at HM Courts and Tribunal Service, told a Westminster legal policy forum that changes could be made which would eliminate certain mistakes being made in the paper application that has led to 40% of paper applications being rejected and simply returned back by the court staff.

A digital prototype with real users every 2 weeks was piloted last year and found that the rejection level was 7%.  Sir James Munby, the President of the Family Division, has described Adam Lennon as an unsung hero.  This is the first step by the court system to move towards digitalisation of services which is also a step forward for litigants in person.

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