Family Courts: Expert Evidence

Justice written question – answered on 27th March 2012.

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Photo of Guto Bebb Guto Bebb Conservative, Aberconwy 27th March 2012

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will consider the report commissioned by the Family Justice Council on Evaluating Expert Witness Psychological Reports; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Jonathan Djanogly Jonathan Djanogly The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice 27th March 2012

The Ministry of Justice will look carefully at the findings of this study. We accept that there is a need for reform of the use of expert witnesses in family proceedings. The Government published their response to the Family Justice Review on 6 February. This set out our intention to work with expert witness representative bodies and others to improve the quality of expert witness reports. We also intend to legislate to reduce over-reliance on expert witness reports in care proceedings.

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