Emojis, Pen Pals & Plain English: The Judge Who Wants To Be Down With The Kids.


There is hope where there is integrity and the will to try understanding another person’s point of view.

Researching Reform

The British legal system is famous for being slow when it comes to adapting to change, but occasionally individuals inside the system try to move things along.

Judge Peter Jackson has hit the headlines for publishing an unconventional Family Court judgment about a fourteen year old boy involved in a contact dispute. The judgment includes a letter addressed to the boy, known as ‘Sam’, in which the judge explains how family law matters are resolved, and the reasons behind his decision. Jackson even invites Sam to reply to his letter if he’d like to.

The inclusion of a letter to a child in a judgment, and the invitation to write back to a judge are highly unusual but clearly designed to empower children going through the court process.

Jackson Sam

This is not the first time Justice Jackson has tried to address child rights concerns inside the Family Court. In 2016…

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