Scottish Feminist Judgments Podcast Episode 3: Coyle v Coyle - the practice of fairness
From Elisabeth Barlow
Mr and Mrs Coyle were married for 25 years. After several years of being separated, Mrs Coyle filed for divorce. They had accumulated some wealth over the years, and they agreed to share this wealth evenly. However, Mrs Coyle wanted further compensation above and beyond that.
In this third and final episode, we will look at the Coyles’s case to explore whether there is difference between the spirit of a law and the way it is applied in practice.
About the Scottish Feminist Judgments Podcast:
Is the law neutral, and does it serve us all equally? The Scottish Feminist Judgements Project (SFJP) attempts to answer these questions. Legal academics and practitioners got together to re-write historical cases through a gendered lens. In their re-writing, the feminist judges could only use tools - laws, evidence, and social understanding of the world - that could have been accessed by the original judge and jury at the time of the original judgement.