Family Courts

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 16th October 2017.

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Photo of Laurence Robertson Laurence Robertson Conservative, Tewkesbury

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent assessment he has made of the transparency of the family courts system; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Dominic Raab Dominic Raab The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

The Government welcomes steps taken by the family courts to increase transparency, but also recognises the need to safeguard the privacy of vulnerable children and their families.

Accredited media are allowed access to family courts and guidelines introduced in 2014 have resulted in more judgments than ever being published. Cases not involving children, such as divorce, must also usually be listed by name in open court.

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