Hostile Judge In Divorce Case

I read with interest the story about the judge who was removed from a case because of, what the Court of Appeal referred to as "intemperate language" and a generally hostile demeanour towards one party. It reminded me of a quote I read recently that all those in family law (including lawyers and their clients) could do well to keep in mind -

"Anybody can become angry - that is easy; but to be angry with the right person, and to the right degree, and at the right time, and for the right purpose, and in the right way - that is not within everybody's power and is not easy."

Apparently that was the wisdom of Aristotle!

Alex Davies is the head of family law at Cripps of Kent and London. You can view his profile at or contact him on +44 (0)1892 506326.