I won't give details of the report's conclusions and recommendations, as that's already been done elsewhere (see below), but highlights include:
- An (obvious) warning that courts are going to have to make adjustments to cope with more litigants in person as a result of cuts to legal aid;
- A call to scrap the provisions in the Children, Schools and Families Act 2010 to allow media access to Family Courts, and a recommendation that Ministers reformulate proposals to increase transparency in Family Courts, putting the views of children centre stage;
- A rejection of the Family Justice Panel's Interim Report recommendation that a statement be introduced into legislation to "reinforce" the importance of a child having a meaningful relationship with both parents;
- A call for judges to reduce the costs and delays in case management associated with expert reports; and
- A call for a series of reforms designed to transform Cafcass "into a less process-driven, more child focused and integral part of family justice".