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Justice: Family Justice Review

House of Lords written question – answered on 12th December 2011.

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Photo of Lord Roberts of Llandudno Lord Roberts of Llandudno Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the evidence gaps listed in Annexe E of the Family Justice Review.

Photo of Lord McNally Lord McNally Deputy Leader of the House of Lords, The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice, Liberal Democrat Leader in the House of Lords

The Government are reviewing all the recommendations in the Family Justice Review including those relating to improving the quality, scope and co-ordination of research, data and management information. The evidence gaps listed in Annexe E of the review are being considered as part of this.

The Government expect to issue their response to the Family Justice Review in due course.

In our response to the Justice Committee's report on the operation of the Family Courts, we acknowledged that there were limitations with the current data and evidence on family justice, set out a number of improvements that had already been made and our intention to develop a strategy for improving the evidence base going forward.


The Ministry of Justice released three research reports on the 3 November 2011 which provide evidence in relation to a number of the evidence gaps listed in Annexe E. These are:

Outcomes of Family Justice Children's Proceedings -a Review of the Evidence;Family Justice Children's Proceedings-Public and Private law Case Files; andSustainability of Mediation and Legal Representation in Private Family Law Cases.

These reports can be found on the Ministry of Justice website:




We will be keeping the evidence needs under review as the Government take forward reform of the family justice system, prioritising needs in light of the reforms and available resource.

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