HC Deb 23 July 1913 vol 55 c2056W

asked time Attorney-General whether his attention has been called to the fact that the President of the Probate and Divorce Court is now obliged, in order to deal with the arrears in his Court, to put cases in the list for hearing on several days a week after the normal Court hours, and to sit late to hear them; whether he is aware that such an arrangement involves inconvenience to suitors as well as unnecessary strain upon the judge; and whether any and, if so, what arrangements can be made to provide a proper number of judges to deal with the work in the Divorce Court, so that it may be conducted under normal conditions and at normal hours.


My attention has been called to the facts stated in the question. Every effort is being made by the learned President to deal with the arrears in his Court regardless of any inconvenience to himself, and although some inconvenience may also be caused to suitors they will doubtless prefer it to having their cases postponed. It is not possible at present to make any other arrangements to deal with the work of this Court.