Thursday, July 17, 2008
Court 'secrecy': New proposals for reform
Thanks again to John Hirst of Jailhouselawyer's Blog for drawing my attention to Camilla Cavendish's article in The Times today, detailing the responses to the series of articles on family justice that appeared in the paper last week, and that I summarised here. As one would expect, most of the responses seem to support the paper's call for an end to 'secrecy' in the family courts, and Cavendish doesn't accept what criticisms there have been. Most importantly, perhaps, she reports that Bridget Prentice, the Justice Minister, has announced that the Government will publish new proposals for reform this autumn. We will see whether the proposals will be sufficient to silence the media clamour.