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Commons Family Justice Inquiry

Date:2 MAY 2006

The House of Commons Constitutional Affairs Committee held a one-off evidence session into Family Justice: the operation of the family courts on Tuesday 2 May 2006. The committee had previously undertaken two inquiries into family justice issues; on 2 May the committee focussed mainly on:

  • transparency in the family courts;
  • the success of the family resolutions pilot project;
  • delays in contact applications;
  • the resources dedicated to the family division.

At the oral session, the following gave evidence: the Rt Hon Sir Mark Potter, President of the Family Division; Mr Justice Munby; District Judge (Magistrates' Courts) Nicholas Crichton and Audrey Damazer from the Justices' Clerks' Society.

The Committee's previous reports on family justice issues are:

  • Family justice: the operation of the family courts, HC 116 (Session 2004-2005)
  • Children and Family Court Advisory Service (CAFCASS), HC 614 (Session 2002-2003)

The committee members are: Rt Hon Alan Beith MP (Chairman), James Brokenshire MP, David Howarth MP, Ms Barbara Keeley MP, Mr Piara S Khabra MP, Jessica Morden MP, Julie Morgan MP, Mr Andrew Tyrie MP, Keith Vaz MP, Dr Alan Whitehead MP and Jeremy Wright MP.