Family Justice Report published
The new Family Justice Report was published on 3rd November
2011. This sets out recommendations for the future of the family
The Report is highly critical of delays in the family justice
system, and calls for a more integrated system of organisations
There is particular criticism of the length of public law
proceedings involving children. The average public law case length
of one year is, in the view of the panel, "not acceptable".
The Report highlights a need for leadership and improved case
management from the Judiciary. However, it also suggests Judges
within the family justice system, where cases are emotionally
stressful, may benefit from a new approach to peer support.
Amongst other recommendations is the setting up of an "online
information hub and helpline to give information and support to
couples to help them resolve issues following divorce or
The Report also suggests that alternative dispute resolution
methods, such as family mediation, should become "the norm"
for couples seeking remedies to disputes involving finances
following relationship breakdown.
The full Report is available for download from the
Ministry of Justice website. (link will open in a new