Thursday, June 14, 2012

The Family Justice Modernisation Programme: Fifth update of Mr Justice Ryder

Mr Justice Ryder
Mr Justice Ryder's fifth update on the progress of the Family Justice Modernisation Programme has been published. Points of note:
  • In early May the outline proposals that will form the basis of his recommendations were agreed in principle by the senior judiciary.
  • The design of the planning and implementation process for the recommendations has already begun. The President is to chair an implementation board, which will be supported by a project team, supported in turn by the Judicial Office, with the intention to develop a blueprint for the long term leadership and management of the Family Court.
  • Mr Justice Ryder has asked the Faster Family Justice Group (which includes the Law Society, the FLBA, Resolution and the ALC) to take forward detailed work with all professional groups and agencies to help identify the good practice materials and guidance (see the third update) which will be published towards the end of this year.
  • The Family Justice Council has been asked to identify priority work which will include guidance on the use of experts, self represented litigants and good practice in cases involving domestic abuse.
  • Training plans are being developed with the Judicial College to provide leadership and management training for all leadership judges and to provide a comprehensive new programme of good practice training for all judges authorised to hear public law cases and family lead legal advisers/justices’ clerks before the launch of the new Family Court.

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