Family Justice Reforms Introduced

Single-Tier Court System And Other Measures Implemented

22.04.2014

New reforms described as a “significant moment” for the Family Justice system have been introduced from today (April 22nd).

The changes have led to the creation of a single Family Court and the implementation of most of the family justice provisions included in the Children and Families Act, with the reforms emerging following the Family Justice Review chaired by David Norgrove in 2011.

According to the Government, the new single system and network of single application points will make it easier for the public to navigate, while a 26-week time limit for care proceedings to reduce delays in such cases has been introduced.

New child arrangement orders have been launched to encourage parents to focus on the needs of children affected by separation, while compulsory family mediation information meetings have also been introduced.

Simon Hughes, Family Justice Minister, said the reforms were designed to keep “families away from negative effects of battles or delays in court and make sure that when cases do go to court they happen in the least damaging way”.

He added: “These reforms mark a significant moment for the family justice system, when the proposals made by the Family Justice Review are delivered.”