Divorce Café

Judge Lex de Jong: an insider's guide to the Family Court

September 23, 2023 Season 1 Episode 7
Divorce Café
Judge Lex de Jong: an insider's guide to the Family Court
Show Notes

Does it sound too judgey to say this interview was full of surprises?  Kicked out of Morrinsville High School as a teenager, Judge de Jong had a winding path to law, but once he got there has made it his life's work to fight (and innovate) for better outcomes for the victims of family violence.  He talks about:  lawyers who irritate judges, about setting up the ground breaking, wrap-around  Family Violence Court, and his top tips for lawyers and self represented litigants. 

Do judges ever get thank yous?  What really annoys him about how Judges are represented in the media?  What is it like to be appealed?  And what would he do in the Family Court if he had a magic wand? 

Judge de Jong shares his tips for lawyers (and people) going to the Family Court.

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Taina Henderson - Henderson Reeves (hendersonreeveslawyers.co.nz)

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