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Creating a supportive and therapeutic family justice system

Date:17 FEB 2016
On 11 February 2016 Bristol Civil and Family Justice Centre hosted a further free seminar to discuss reforms to family justice and effective pre-proceedings programmes and practice. The panel consisted of HHJ Wildblood QC Anthony Douglas (Chief Executive of Cafcass) and Sir David Norgrove Chairman of the Family Justice Board.

Lucy Reed of St John's Chambers opened the session with a brief reminder of some of the key services available to people in the area including the family court information website and the recently launched Pro Bono Advice Scheme details of which can be accessed by contacting the Bristol Personal Support Unit.

Judge Wildblood gave an overview in respect of his public law proceedings which he explained have seen a marked increase from October 2015 in his DFJ area. Judge Wildblood believed this was in no way incidental to the judgment given in Re N (Children) (Adoption: Jurisdiction) [2015] EWCA Civ 1112 whereby the local authority were criticised for their misuse of s 20 of the Children Act 1989. October 2015 saw twice the number of public law cases...

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