It is no surprise that the Ministry of Justice will be well behind any moves to move the process of Divorce and Probate into the digital era.
Present Divorce and Probate procedures do however cause quite a number of issues for an online service. Is this therefore an appropriate time to review these generally to simplify the system?
The cost of this review could be paid for from the profit made on the proposed Probate fee increases!
Online divorce and probate are set to be delivered under the courts modernisation programme by early 2017, the president of the Family Division has said. Addressing the Family Law Bar Association, Sir James Munby also called on barristers to adopt new working practices, including direct access, unbundling and fixed fees.