The Law Society Gazette reports today that Somerset solicitor Martin Davis is to launch a judicial review action against Cafcass because of its ‘unacceptable delays’ in appointing children’s guardians and family court advisers. He is at pains to point out that any judicial review is not aimed at Cafcass staff (who he describes as "extraordinarily committed and hard-working"), but rather at the service itself and its funder, the Department for Children, Schools and Families. I wish him well.
One thing that struck me as odd about the report was the last paragraph, which states that: "Cafcass chief executive Anthony Douglas said he had requested full details of the proposed judicial review, and wanted to hear about any problems with children’s cases so they could be put right." Does he really not know of the problems already? From my own experience I can say that there have been unacceptable delays (in some areas at least) for at least the last couple of years. Surely the chief executive knows about this? Or is it just that he has not been given the resources to put it right?