Archive for the 'family courts' Category

Children deserve better from family justice system – Ministry of Justice

“The family justice system needs significant reform to tackle delays and ensure that children and families get the service they deserve, says an independent panel set up to review how the system works.”

Full press release

Ministry of Justice, 31st March 2011

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Divorce: Mediation should help married couples split up – BBC News

“A major shake-up of the family court procedures in England and Wales comes into effect on 6 April 2011.”

Full story

BBC News, 2nd March 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Legal aid cuts will cost more in long run, say judges – The Guardian

“Courts could grind to a standstill as hundreds of thousands of people represent themselves in legal cases, senior judges have warned.”

Full story

The Guardian, 24th February 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Couple given children back after judge overturns court ruling – Daily Telegraph

“A couple have been reunited with their children after a family court’s decision to separate them was overturned by a judge who criticised the ‘brisk’ nature of the original hearing.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 22nd February 2011

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Family lawyers hail new code – Law Society’s Gazette

“Family lawyers have welcomed last week’s publication of the long-awaited Family Procedure Rules 2010, which will come into force on 6 April.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 13th January 2011

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Family courts have lost authority, warns judge – Law Society’s Gazette

“A High Court judge has warned that the family court needs to reassert its authority to tackle the ‘lack of respect’ shown for its orders.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 29th November 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Lets hear it for the child; Restoring the Authority of the Family Court, Blue skies and Sacred cows – Speech by Mr Justice Coleridge

Lets hear it for the child; Restoring the Authority of the Family Court, Blue skies and Sacred cows (PDF)

Speech by Mr Justice Coleridge

Association of Lawyers for Children: 21st Annual Conference, 26th November 2010

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

Legal aid cuts would remove free advice for thousands of people – The Guardian

“Hundreds of thousands of people with family and housing law problems will no longer have access to free legal advice under government proposals announced today (15 November).”

Full story

The Guardian, 15th November 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Family court service Cafcass criticised by MPs – BBC News

“The organisation which provides legal help for children in care cases is ‘not fit for purpose’, a group of MPs says.”

Full story

BBC News, 11th November 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Lord chief justice calls for reform of family system

“The adversarial court system is not appropriate for settling parental disputes over the custody of children, the lord chief justice said today.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 26th October 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

What next for the family courts? – BBC Law in Action

“The family justice system has been criticised from all angles. It’s been described as a slow, bureaucratic system that is bursting at the seams leaving families torn apart by its unfriendly and adversarial nature. In the first of a new series of Law In Action Joshua Rozenberg speaks to the Head of the Family Court Division Sir Nicholas Wall about what the future holds and how the sytem can be changed to help those caught up in it.”

Podcast

BBC Law in Action, 19th October 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Family court media reporting delays ‘wise’ – BBC News

“The government was wise to defer a decision on whether the media should be able to report family court hearings, according to a senior judge.”

Full story

BBC News, 19th October 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Reporting of family court hearings still under review – Ministry of Justice

“The decision on whether to bring into force provisions to change the restrictions on media reporting of family court hearings, will be decided after the publication of the Family Justice Review’s final report next year.”

Full story

Ministry of Justice, 11th October 2010

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Chancery Lane calls for appraisal system for family judges – Law Society’s Gazette

“An appraisal system should be introduced for family judges, so that they can hear feedback on their performance and to reassure the public about the quality of the judiciary, the Law Society has suggested.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 7th October 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Law Society wins family tender challenge – Law Society’s Gazette

“The Law Society has won its High Court challenge to the Legal Services Commission’s family tender process.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette. 30th September 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Girl persuades judge not to send her back to Canada as Middlesbrough is ‘more exciting’ – Daily Telegraph

“The schoolgirl who was ‘abducted’ from her father’s home in Canada by her English mother won the right not to return after telling judges: “I never, never in my whole life want to go back there. The 13-year-old made clear her determination to stay in the Teesside town when Lord Justice Thorpe and Lady Justice Smith took the unique step of holding a private interview with her halfway through a hearing at London’s Civil Appeal Court.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 24th September 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Is the family justice system in need of review? – Speech by Lord Justice Wall, President of the Family Division

“Is the family justice system in need of review? – Speech by Lord Justice Wall, President of the Family Division, 19th September 2010.”

Full speech

Judiciary of England and Wales, 19th September 2010

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

Call for Evidence – Family Justice Review – Ministry of Justice

“The Call for Evidence for the Family Justice Review closes on 30 September – so just a few days left for people to provide feedback about the way the system can be improved.”

Full story

Ministry of Justice, 22nd September 2010

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Publishers protest at reporting restrictions in family court cases – The Guardian

“The Newspaper Society has complained that the Children, Schools and Families Act has made legal cases covered by the Act less transparent because they are virtually unreportable.”

Full story

The Guardian, 16th September 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

MoJ to review media reporting in family courts – Law Society’s Gazette

“The Ministry of Justice has told the Gazette that it will not commence legislation that would extend the media’s right to report family cases without ‘looking closely’ at the changes, amid pressure from family lawyers.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 16th September 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Family judges alarmed over legal aid tender – Law Society’s Gazette

“The head of the family courts has warned the Legal Services Commission that he has been ‘inundated’ by family judges expressing serious concerns over the outcome of the family legal aid tender, in a letter seen by the Gazette.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 9th August 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Children left in danger by court delays – The Guardian

“Children are being damaged by unprecedented delays in the family courts in England and Wales, where judges can now take up to 65 weeks to decide whether it is safe for them to remain with their parents, Britain’s largest children’s charity says today.”

Full story

The Guardian, 9th August 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Call for ‘urgent action’ on children’s services – Law Society’s Gazette

“A group of 18 legal, medical and child care organisations has called for urgent action to reform the delivery of court services to children in family proceedings.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 5th August 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Family court service criticised over increased demand – BBC News

“The agency which looks after children’s interests in court has not dealt efficiently with an increase in cases since the death of Baby Peter in 2007, an audit finds.”

Full story

BBC News, 28th July 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Lord chief justice calls for shorter cases – Law Society’s Gazette

“The lord chief justice has called for family and criminal cases to be shortened.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 22nd July 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Practice guidance – Mckenzie Friends: Civil and Family Courts – Judiciary of England and Wales

“This Guidance applies to civil and family proceedings in the Court of Appeal (Civil Division), the High Court of Justice, the County Courts and the Family Proceedings Court in the Magistrates’ Courts.”

Full press release

Judiciary of England and Wales, 12th July 2010

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

Munby calls for more openness in family courts – Law Society’s Gazette

“Legislation intended to open up the family courts is a ‘lost opportunity’ that will fail to bring about the openness needed to improve confidence in family proceedings, a leading judge has said.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 6th July 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Cuts on the agenda of family justice review – Ministry of Justice

“The Ministry of Justice has launched a ‘comprehensive review’ of the family justice system, appointing a panel of experts to hear evidence on how the system can improve. However, the panel chair has admitted a principal catalyst for the review is the government’s desire to make spending cuts.”

Full story

Ministry of Justice, 1st July 2010

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Family justice – your views on its future – Ministry of Justice

“Views on how the family justice system can do its best to protect children and help families to work through their disagreements are being sought by a panel of experts.”

Full story

Ministry of Justice, 30th June 2010

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Family court body review ‘needed’ – BBC News

“The body that looks after the interests of children involved in family court proceedings in England is lurching from ‘crisis to crisis’, a union says.”

Full story

BBC News, 28th June 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Sir Mark Potter: children in danger due to court service crisis – The Guardian

“Children are being put in danger because the family court service is facing an ‘acute situation of crisis’, according to Sir Mark Potter, the former president of the family division and head of family justice for England and Wales.”

Full story

The Guardian, 6th June 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk10

Legal first as girl, 5, consulted in ‘tug-of-love’ court case – Daily Telegraph

“A five-year-old girl involved in a ‘tug-of-love’ case has made legal history after being consulted by a court about which parent she wants to live with.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 16th April 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Media reporting bill ‘threat’ to vulnerable children – Law Society’s Gazette

“Measures rushed through parliament at the ‘eleventh hour’ to allow greater media reporting of the family courts will put vulnerable children at risk, lawyers have warned.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 15th April 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Children, Schools and Families Act 2010

Children, Schools and Families Act 2010 published

Full text of Act (PDF)

Source: www.opsi.gov.uk

Child protection court fees scrapped – The Guardian

“The government has pledged to scrap family court fees after an official review found evidence that the high cost was deterring some social service departments from applying to take abused and neglected children into care.”

Full story

The Guardian, 15th March 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Greater media scrutiny necessary to increase accountability in family courts – Ministry of Justice

“Legislative proposals included in the Children, Schools and Families Bill should encourage media attendance at family court cases, the Ministry of Justice said today.”

Full story

Ministry of Justice, 21st January 2010

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Fundamental review of the family justice system announced – Ministry of Justice

“An expert panel will examine reform of the current family justice system in England and Wales so that it better supports children and parents under a wide-ranging review announced by the Ministry of Justice today.”

Full press release

Ministry of Justice, 20th January 2010

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Judiciary must speak out on ‘parlous state of family law’ – Law Society’s Gazette

“The judiciary must ‘come off the bench’ and speak out about the ‘parlous state of family law in 2009’, lord justice Wall has said.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 17th December 2009

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Lawyers attack government plans to extend family reporting – Law Society’s Gazette

“Family lawyers have attacked government plans to extend the media’s right to report family cases, warning that they will clog the courts with preliminary hearings and lead to miscarriages of justice.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 10th December 2009

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Children and family court service facing ‘strain’ – BBC News

“The body protecting children in family courts is going through unprecedented strain, a union has warned.”

Full story

BBC News, 24th November 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Family courts – information pilot announced – Ministry of Justice

“Online publication of some judgments in family cases, like care proceedings and contact and residence cases, will be piloted for the first time at courts in Leeds and Cardiff.”

Full press release

Ministry of Justice, 2nd November 2009

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Family legal aid reforms put vulnerable families and children first – Ministry of Justice

“The Ministry of Justice and the Legal Services Commission have today published new fee structures for family legal aid.”

Full story

Ministry of Justice, 21st October 2009

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Family lawyer fears over guardians’ ‘dangerous’ caseloads – Law Society’s Gazette

“Leading family lawyer Christina Blacklaws has hit out at the ‘dangerous’ workload of employed guardians at the Children and Family Court Advisory Service (Cafcass).”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 8th October 2009

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

In re X (a Child) (Rights of media attendance) – Times Law Reports

In re X (a Child) (Rights of media attendance)

Family Division

“The burden of satisfying the court that the media should be excluded from a hearing in family proceedings lay upon the party applying for the exclusion.”

The Times, 27th July 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Solicitors and barristers in deal on advocacy pay – Law Society’s Gazette

“Solicitors and barristers reached an agreement this week that would see both sides of the profession paid the same amount for advocacy work in family cases.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 23rd July 2009

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Ministers admit more work is needed on family legal aid scheme – The Bar Council

“Government Ministers have acknowledged that controversial plans to impose fixed fees for legal representation for vulnerable families and children cannot proceed without ‘further analysis’.”

Full press release

The Bar Council, 21st July 2009

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Government’s Impact Assessment on Family Legal Aid Contains ‘Surprising and Fundamental’ Errors – The Bar Council

“The Bar Council and the Family Law Bar Association have today published a review of the Impact Assessment carried out by Ernst & Young on the impact of the Legal Service Commission’s proposed cuts to the family legal aid budget.  The review, which was conducted by the independent economic consultancy Oxera, analyses the Ernst & Young report, A Market Analysis of Family Advocacy, which was published on the 29th June.”

Full press release

The Bar Council, 16th July 2009

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Bar Council Welcomes Centre for Social Justice Report on Family Law Reform – The Bar Council

“The Bar Council has today welcomed the report on family law reform, Every Family Matters, from the Centre for Social Justice, a leading think tank which is chaired by the Rt Hon Iain Duncan Smith MP, the former Leader of the Conservative Party.   The Centre for Social Justice’s latest family law report, which focuses on the breakdown of family life in modern Britain, and the way in which this is addressed by the legal system.”

Full press release

The Bar Council, 16th July 2009

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Family Legal Aid Plans Torn Apart in Damning Justice Select Committee Report – The Bar Council

“Legal Services Commission proposals to cut legal support for vulnerable children and families have been savaged in a damning report from the all-party Justice Select Committee.”

Full press release

The Bar Council, 15th July 2009

source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Sir Mark Potter rules on media and celebrity cases in family courts – The Times

“Cases in the family courts involving celebrities’ children should be treated in the same way as those involving anyone else’s children, the senior family courts judge said yesterday.”

Full  story

The Times, 16th July 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Family Procedure Rule Committee annual report 2008 – Ministry of Justice

“The annual report for the family procedure rule committee, a non-departmental public body set up under the Courts Act 2003 to make rules of court for use in family proceedings.”

Full press release

Ministry of Justice, 10th July 2009

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Straw: plans to increase transparency and confidence in family courts – Ministry of Justice

“Jack Straw has announced the next stage of reforms aimed at increasing transparency and confidence in our family justice system.”

Full press release

Ministry of Justice, 9th July 2009

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Straw promises another increase in media scrutiny of family courts – The Times

“Thousands of cases in the family courts will be exposed to increased public scrutiny under reforms to be announced today by Jack Straw.”

Full story

The Times, 9th July 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Children to Tell Parliament What Cuts in Legal Representation Mean for their Chances in the Family Justice System – The Bar Council

“Parliamentarians, family barristers and children’s charities will today continue their discussions on vulnerable children and the law.  At a meeting in Parliament, chaired by Lord Thomas of Gresford QC, speakers from the Family Law Bar Association, Association of Lawyers for Children and the NSPCC, among others, will consider the dramatic impact that proposed cuts to family legal aid will have on vulnerable children and families.”

Full press release

The Bar Council, 7th July 2009

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Family courts in crisis, says Sir Mark Potter – The Times

“Britain’s most senior family judge called last night for urgent action over a crisis in the family courts fuelled by increasing delays in child abuse cases and lack of funds.”

Full story

The Times, 3rd July 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk


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