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Sandra Davis' Week: Evolution or revolution?

Date:29 APR 2010

Sandra Davis - Photo © Mishcon de Reya; Used with permission. All rights reserved.Following a pilot in Courts in the West Midlands and elsewhere the Revised Private Law Programme became effective from 1 April 2010. Writing about the Programme in the March 2010 edition of Family Law His Honour Judge Altman spoke of the Courts now being able to provide a forum for collaborative work between government and non-governmental agencies and parents rather than being merely a tribunal to resolve disputes.

The ethos of the Programme is the promotion in particular of in-court family mediation as an alternative to contested hearings. All well and good. Any measure which shifts the Family Courts away from being the first resort for warring parents is to be welcomed. But the effectiveness of the Programme is entirely dependant on the availability of adequate resourcing to facilitate the inclusion of all relevant agencies.   The Family Justice System is already...

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