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PRESS RELEASE: Family Justice Review

The ALC welcomes the publication of the Family Justice Review’s interim report.

We hope that many of the proposals will be considered uncontroversial, and implemented as quickly as possible These include the creation of a single Family Court with specialist family judges and magistrates, mandatory continuity of judge throughout a case, stronger judicial case management, ending the requirement for a panel best interests decision to be made before a placement application can proceed, fast track hearings of simple private law cases, extending the new IT system being commissioned by the Ministry of Justice to family cases. Even if these were the only changes that could be made, they would have a very significant impact on delay, and would dramatically improve outcomes for children.

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