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The Ministry for Justice has responded to the Justice Select Committee’s Report on the Operation of the Family Courts. In the Response, the Government says that it fully recognises the need for reform and the Family Justice Review, which is due to report before the end of the year, is undertaking a comprehensive examination of the current operation of family justice in England and Wales.
It considers that much of the analysis in the Select Committee’s report chimes with the emerging findings from the Review, and is similar in its diagnosis of underlying issues and areas for improvement in the current system. However, since the Government believes that it would be wrong at this stage to pre-empt the findings of the Family Justice Review, it will await the final report of the Review before responding to those aspects of the report.
There are, however, areas in which the Government has already started work to address some of the main themes identified in the Committee’s Report, in particular promoting greater use of mediation, and work to improve the quality of data on the performance of the family justice system. The Response provides further information on the work currently underway, the progress already made and the further work planned.