Family Courts

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 15th July 2019.

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Photo of Philip Davies Philip Davies Conservative, Shipley

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the criteria was for the selection of people to join the review on how the family courts protect children and parents in cases of domestic abuse and other serious offences announced on 21 May 2019; whether one of the criterion was equality of gender representation; for what reason that selection did not include representatives of fathers or men; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Paul Maynard Paul Maynard The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

The members of the panel established to gather evidence on the protections provided by the family courts in cases involving domestic abuse and other serious offences were appointed for their expertise on the issue. The panel includes the pre-eminent academics; senior judiciary; Women’s Aid to represent victims; the Chief Social Worker and the Association of Children’s Lawyers to represent practitioners. The panel will launch a public call for evidence open to all individuals and organisations, and is considering other mechanisms for gathering the full range of views on the issues.

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