Legal Aid: Family Courts — Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:02 pm on 13th December 2010.

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Photo of Baroness Scotland of Asthal Baroness Scotland of Asthal Labour 3:02 pm, 13th December 2010

My Lords, I declare an interest as a deputy High Court judge of the Family Division and chair of the All-Party Group on Domestic and Sexual Violence.

Does the Minister accept that, in cases of domestic violence, mediation is not appropriate and that the unequal nature of such relationships demands that there should be proper financial support for the litigants in those cases? Bearing that in mind, will he give an assurance that domestic violence cases will still receive appropriate public support?