Results 1–20 of 24 for family court speaker:Peter Kyle

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Abuse Bill: Prohibition of cross-examination in person in family proceedings (11 Jun 2020)

Peter Kyle: I am grateful to my hon. Friend, who makes an important point. She is right about the secrecy of family courts. In a subsequent urgent question that I was granted on cross-examination, I asked for a full review of practices in family courts with that very much in mind. Since then, some journalists have been allowed into family courts, but it is heavily regulated to the point where it still...

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Abuse Bill: Provision that may be made by orders (10 Jun 2020)

Peter Kyle: One benefit of this approach to legislation is that it allows scope for creativity in the individual court to tailor to a specific circumstance that might not be predictable. In such circumstances, how can other courts learn from that innovation? It is obviously the responsibility of the judiciary, including the president of the family division of the High Court, but we have learnt from...

Ministry of Justice: Topical Questions (25 Feb 2020)

Peter Kyle: The Minister’s Department has taken the first steps of family court reform by banning cross-examination of victims by perpetrators, but a lot more needs to be done with family courts. What plans has he got to reform and modernise the family courts?

Domestic Abuse Victims in Family Law Courts (15 Sep 2016)

Peter Kyle: ...manipulative, but extremely careful in the way they manipulate people and systems, means that far more effort should be put into understanding the victims, who can explain the type of behaviour the courts are dealing with. If we did that, a lot of heartbreak and violence would be avoided. Another constituent told me that she was shaking so violently after a family court hearing that she...

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Abuse Bill: Domestic abuse protection orders otherwise than on application (10 Jun 2020)

Peter Kyle: ...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...

Domestic Violence Victims: Cross-Examination (9 Jan 2017)

Peter Kyle: This issue has been wreaking untold devastation on victims of domestic violence. I have now spoken to numerous survivors of abuse whose accounts of torment under cross-examination in the family court—often by convicted rapists—are devastating to hear, but impossible for most of us even to imagine. I have spoken to a woman who was cross-examined by the man who was in jail for numerous...

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Abuse Bill: Proceedings under the Children Act 1989 (17 Jun 2020)

Peter Kyle: I beg to move, That the clause be read a Second time. One of the people we have not mentioned in Committee so far is Sir James Munby. In his time as president of the family division of the High Court, he was a robust defender of it and a vocal proponent of reform. In engagement with and in the processes of Parliament, Sir James was fulsome in his advice and in answering questions. When I was...

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Abuse Bill: Proceedings under the Children Act 1989 (17 Jun 2020)

Peter Kyle: ...that involvement from both parents is in the best interests of the child. That is the nub of the challenge we face. We have come a long way in our understanding of the relationships within families and in abusive situations since that time. Section 1 of the Children Act states that the court must consider the welfare of the child, and practice direction 12J of the family procedure rules...

Justice: Court Backlog (2 Feb 2021)

Peter Kyle: It was revealed in a coroner’s court last week that in August 2019, an 18-year-old woman who was a victim of sexual assault was told that she would not get her day in court for 19 months. The day after, she lost her life to an overdose. The coroner said that the two events were linked. This was six months before covid landed on our shores. It is not covid that broke our system of...

Domestic Violence Victims: Cross-Examination (9 Jan 2017)

Peter Kyle: ...ask the Secretary of State for Justice to make a statement on the emergency review to determine how to ban perpetrators of domestic violence from directly cross-examining their victims within the family court.

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Family Courts: Domestic Violence (11 Dec 2018)

Peter Kyle: ...Secretary of State for Justice, whether he has plans to include in proposals for a Domestic Abuse Bill, provisions to ban the cross-examination of victims by perpetrators of domestic abuse in the family courts; and if he will make a statement.

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Family Courts: Autism (6 Jun 2019)

Peter Kyle: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department is taking to improve support for people with autism in the family courts.

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Community Orders (24 Jun 2020)

Peter Kyle: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many breaches of community orders imposed by (a) youth, (b) family, and (c) all courts have (i) been processed and (i) are outstanding since 23 March 2020.

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Family Courts (1 Dec 2020)

Peter Kyle: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps have been taken to use the findings from his Department’s Expert Panel on Harm in the Family Courts to inform the make-up of the advisory panel for the Review of the Presumption of Parental Involvement.

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Abuse Bill: Examination of Witnesses (4 Jun 2020)

Peter Kyle: Q My final question to Suzanne is about cross-examination in family courts. It is a bit strange speaking out into the ether, but I know you are there somewhere, Suzanne. The legislation outlaws the vast majority of cross-examination. Do you believe it goes far enough? If you think it should go further, specifically what else would you like to see?

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Abuse Bill: Special measures directions in cases involving domestic abuse (11 Jun 2020)

Peter Kyle: .... Lady’s experience of dealing with these cases and being able to see the impact on victims, was she aware of the challenges that victims have before they get into the courtroom, because often in family courts it is very difficult to separate victims from perpetrators? Was she aware, in her job at the time, that that was also an issue that needed to be dealt with?

Domestic Abuse Victims in Family Law Courts (15 Sep 2016)

Peter Kyle: ...chorus of approval and gratitude expressed to my hon. Friend the Member for Penistone and Stocksbridge (Angela Smith) for securing this debate? Not only did she give a voice so effectively to a family who so desperately wanted that to be done, but she set a tone for this debate that is very much appreciated by all of us following her. I thank the right hon. Member for Basingstoke (Mrs...

Domestic Abuse Bill (2 Oct 2019)

Peter Kyle: ...—she had been raped multiple times, she had been knocked unconscious and she had been hospitalised more than a dozen times—but the perpetrator of those crimes, from prison, summonsed her to family court on three separate occasions. She told me that on the third occasion she had to ask the taxi driver to stop on the way home so she could vomit in the gutter because of the experience of...

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Abuse Bill: Repeal of provisions about defence for controlling or coercive behaviour offence (17 Jun 2020)

Peter Kyle: ...adults are at least 1.5 times more likely to be a victim or survivor of violence than non-disabled adults. Disabled women are at least three times more likely to experience domestic abuse from family members, be that their partner, parents, siblings, adult children or other family members. Some of the abusers will also be the person’s carer. It is highly likely that those figures are an...


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