The New Family Court and justice reforms: ‘a Hotch Potch or a Cultural Revolution’?

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Paul Lancaster Paul Lancaster

The Children and Families Act 2014 came into force yesterday which heralded the birth of the new Family Court as part of the family justice system reforms. The far-reaching reforms are intended to create a more efficient family justice system. The changes are designed to offer more support to parents and place children at the heart of the process.

The Single Family Court

In the 2011 independent Family Justice Review, criticism was levelled at the excessive delays which arose in the Court processes concerning family matters, such as delay caused by cases being transferred between the different Courts. Change was deemed to be essential and a new single Family Court was found as the solution.

All applications will now be made to the new Family Court as it will have sole jurisdiction for all family proceedings. The Family Court is a national Court and it will be able…

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