Speech by the President of the Family Division: Supporting Families in Conflict – There is a better way

An Address by Sir Andrew McFarlane to the Jersey International Family Law Conference 2021


Good afternoon and thank you for inviting me to address the Jersey International Family Law Conference.

We chance upon each other, you and I, today, some three years into my term as President of the Family Division and, if I am to retire at age 70, about three years before my retirement.

Reaching this notional half-way stage has caused me to pause and consider what my priorities are to be for the remainder of my time at the helm.

Being “Head of Family Justice” is a very broad and busy role and, of course, I will continue to be fully involved in all aspects of the work as I have tried to be thus far; but, within that, what are my priorities – what do I want to achieve by the time that I hang up my wig and flashy robes in three years’ time?