THURS 25/03/2010 - The Ministry of Justice has taken the unusual step of producing a 26 page document setting out a list of promises that the Government, its agencies and local authorities will do in order to reduce delays in care and supervision proceedings.
According to the Ministry of Justice's press release "a new inter-agency approach to reducing unnecessary delay in care and supervision proceedings will come into force on 1 April 2010. This recognises that only by working together as a partnership can we reduce these delays". The partnership includes local authorities, Cafcass, the Legal Services Commission and Her Majesty's Courts Service.
The document makes numerous weighty statements, such as "It is vital that local partners working within the care proceedings system work together and find local solutions to local problems". This is then followed by another promise, this time about improving monitoring performance.
The second half of the document is full of definitions and formulae that resembles a GCSE Maths exam.