As the world prepares to return to some form of normality, it is clear that our local courts remain overwhelmed by the backlog of work.

The figures for private law applications, which have been increasing year on year, dropped off dramatically in May by a staggering 19.6% compared to May 2019. There are three possible explanations for this: either the public have not wanted to make the applications because they are aware of the delays in the courts, or are afraid of going to the court buildings, or clients have been advised that issuing private law applications in the present climate is simply a waste of time. Whatever the explanation, it is anticipated that the courts will be deluged with applications in the near future and the delays will be longer than ever.

Arbitration is a swift and affordable alternative to the court system.  1COR are able to offer arbitration in children matters by Zoom, Microsoft Teams or telephone. Where appropriate, for simple matters, a determination can be given on paper without the need for a hearing. For more complex matters, a directions appointment can be arranged where necessary and experts instructed, most commonly independent social workers.

Arbitration is suitable for most issues related to the exercise of parental responsibility including where and with whom the child should live, how much time they should spend with each parent and wider family members, which school they should attend, and whether they should be allowed to holiday or move home within the jurisdiction. Such is the value placed on arbitration that the scheme has recently been extended to cover holidays and permanent relocation abroad.

Arbitration appointments are available now with all determinations being given within 48 hours.

Please contact the clerks for further information about availability and our fixed fees.