Domestic abuse protection orders otherwise than on application

Part of Domestic Abuse Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 2:30 pm on 10th June 2020.

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Photo of Peter Kyle Peter Kyle Shadow Minister (Justice) 2:30 pm, 10th June 2020

My hon. Friend the Member for Birmingham, Yardley made the point very well that, for some of the issues that we are tackling with the legislation, the powers already existed in other pieces of legislation, but the courts, in their conservatism, refused to exercise them. As my hon. Friend asked, will the Minister ensure that his Department gives the right steer to the courts, which the president of the family division can translate into something that is actionable on the front line in family courts up and down the country?