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Law Society’s Response to Family Justice Review Interim Report

Family and Children

The Law Society released its response to the Family Justice Review interim Report on 23 June 2011.

Law Society President Linda Lee said:

“Reform on the scale required cannot be delivered without proper investment. These proposals are ambitious and they deserve resourcing accordingly: half-measures will not succeed, and the opportunity will be lost. It is better that reform is planned and implemented properly, than change introduced piecemeal and quickly.”

“Family cases are complex, sensitive issues and highly stressful for the children and adults involved. The outcomes have far-reaching effects on the lives of all parties but particularly children. There is a moral and social imperative for the system to provide speedy and effective outcomes in the interests of children. In many cases, mediation and other alternative ways of resolving disputes will be effective and helpful, but there will always be parties whose disputes, ultimately, will need to be resolved by a court. They too require and deserve better from the system”.

“While we do not agree with all the review proposals, we recognise that no proposed solution to systemic problems of this magnitude can be perfect. We therefore support and join with the review panel’s drive for far-reaching change to family justice in England.”