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Towards a Family Justice Observatory: messages from initial consultation with stakeholders (England and Wales)

Date:31 JUL 2017
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Professor Karen Broadhurst Dr. Laura Robertson Ms Claire Mason
Centre for Child and Family Justice Research Lancaster University
Dr. Susannah Bowyer and Julie Wilkinson
Research in Practice

Family Justice Reformed (second edition: June 2017) contains detailed commentary on the Single Family Court and the Children and Families Act 2014 Pts 1 and 2 (which deal with family justice) including clear and comprehensive guidance on the underlying procedural regime and the rationale for the reforms.

Many readers will now be familiar with the Nuffield Foundation’s plans for a new national family justice observatory (England and Wales). We introduced readers to this initiative in September 2016 (see ‘Towards a Family Justice Observatory:call for evidence’ [2016] Fam Law 1184) when Family Law kindly supported our call for evidence. We referred readers to a background document written by Bryan Rodgers Liz Trinder and Teresa Williams that set out the preliminary case for a new observatory and outlined limitations in both the supply and application of robust research evidence in the family justice system. Although family court decisions are clearly influenced by developments in...

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