Website takes the mystery out of family courts

Published: 16 April 2020 at 14:00

The Old Bailey in London

ARU Law Clinic launches a new one-stop resource for people in Essex

A new website has been launched to help Essex residents negotiate the often daunting court system when dealing with family law matters.

The site has been designed so that people in the county who either have a hearing in the family court or questions about legal processes, can easily obtain the information they need.

Set up by the Law Clinic at Anglia Ruskin University (ARU), with the assistance of the local judiciary, the site provides a one-stop resource for everything from lists of local legal representatives to where to park at the family court. It is set out in flow charts to simplify and explain what can be a difficult process.

Sarah Calder, Director of the Law Clinic at ARU, said:

“It’s been a pleasure working with HHJ Roberts and District Judge Samantha Molineaux on this important project and we’re so pleased that we could launch this at what is a difficult time for a lot of people.  

“The aim of the new website is to provide a valuable resource for local people looking for information and guidance about how to negotiate the family courts and their procedures.

“We hope that it will ease the process for people and take away some of the mystery and fear about the court so that the whole experience is less daunting.”

Her Honour Judge Lynn Roberts, said:

“I am happy to be able to support this website which I hope will become a valuable resource to those thinking about coming to court in Essex on family issues. Thank you to ARU for enabling this to happen.”

ARU’s Law Clinic was set up in 2018, working with local law firms to provide free, independent and confidential legal advice to people who otherwise might struggle to obtain it. In October last year, it celebrated helping its 1,000th client across Cambridge, Chelmsford and Peterborough. 

The Law Clinic recently moved online due to the COVID-19 pandemic – for more information, please e-mail [email protected]

The website can be found at