Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Family Justice Review 'Call for Evidence'

As part of the Government's Family Justice Review, the Family Justice Review Panel today launched a ‘Call for Evidence’ so that "anyone with an interest in the family justice system can contribute their views on how it can work better in the future". The call for evidence take the form of a questionnaire, which can be completed online. Questions the Panel is seeking views on include:
  • How can the justice system focus more on helping family members to reach agreement rather than pitting them against each other?
  • How best can the courts working with other agencies support children involved in the care system?
  • How best can the system provide greater contact rights to non-resident parents and grandparents?
The evidence will be "carefully considered and used to inform the Review’s recommendations on how to improve the system". The final report from the review panel will be published next year.


  1. The Conservatives seem to have an idea of how urgent this is, and before the Election committed themselves to an interim report in the Autumn. They have kept the same panel established by Labour in January which has already had a number of meetings. That seems sensible.

    I look forward to contributing!

  2. I agree with Nick ;-).

    I agreed with his reasons for why it wasn't working and also your suggestions John for improving family law. I'll give it a go without trying to sound too emotional also. Thing is, when people are emotional.

    Think you should put your suggestions in and fill in also John.

  3. Unfortunately, my suggestions aren't within the remit of the Review. I may still contribute, though.

  4. A comment for NL also. Not a conservative government, is a coalition government of conservatives and liberals. As a liberal being overlooked in the way he has, although probably unintentionally does undermine the coalition, bit too political, but anyway.

    The lib dems are very much into reforming the poor outcomes (and reporting them) that often happen with family breakdowns also.

  5. It was the Conservatives who did a great deal of work in this area prior to the Election and who made a committment to a review of family law and to substantial reform, not the Lib Dems. How much of that committment remains intact in the Coalition Government remains to be seen.

  6. Well, the only proposals I heard them make on the family were on pre nups and on married tax allowance (which has now been dropped) and on allowing grandparents to apply for contact. None of those would help me see my children more. Unless I am missing something in which case I would be interested.

  7. Sounds like normal load of smoke and mirrors and hot air from politicians again that makes them so unpopular. The labour party also said they would restore public confidence to these courts and that was hot air also.


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