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Senior judges urged to share views on big-money divorce battles

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A High Court Judge has suggested that senior judges should share their views on a recent public disclosure disagreement concerning how much information the public should be told about big-money divorce disputes.

Mr Justice Holman, analyst of divorce cash conflicts at public hearings, has urged senior members of the judiciary that there is a “pressing need” for more openness.

President of the Family Division of the High Court, Sir James Munby, who acts as the most senior family court judge in England and Wales, has also called for ”much more” transparency in the family justice system.

He says the public has a right to know ”what is being done in their name”.

Some High Court judges have been urging Court of Appeal judges to share their views, following the recent decision to make appeals court cases accessible to members of the public.

However, Mr Justice Mostyn, who analyses fights behind closed doors, said that divorce matters were “quintessentially private business”, and other Judges in the Family Division seem to hold a similar position.

Mr Justice Mostyn first revealed his stance in a ruling published in September 2015, after he barred reporters from identifying people involved in a case he had analysed evidence for at a private hearing.

Judiciary officials remain polarised on the subject.