Early day motion 2857

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EXPERT WITNESSES IN FAMILY COURT PROCEEDINGS

That this House notes the report by Professor Jane Ireland, commissioned by the Family Justice Council, in which she studied 100 expert reports from family court proceedings; further notes that 20 per cent. were written by people not qualified, a further 20 per cent. by people writing outside their knowledge and qualifications, 65 per cent. were `poor' or `very poor' and 90 per cent. were written by people who were not in current practice; recognises that this raises a massive question as to whether or not the judgments of the courts in the majority of care proceedings are reliable; and calls for a substantial further opening of the courts to enable the quality of evidence given to be subject to adequate real time scrutiny.

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Name Party Constituency Date Signed
Barron, Kevin Labour Party Rother Valley 18.04.2012
Burt, Lorely Liberal Democrats Solihull 27.03.2012
Crockart, Mike Liberal Democrats Edinburgh West 09.03.2012
Davis, David Conservative Party Haltemprice and Howden 21.03.2012
Dobbin, Jim Labour Party Heywood and Middleton 09.03.2012
Flynn, Paul Labour Party Newport West 30.04.2012
Hancock, Mike Liberal Democrats Portsmouth South 15.03.2012
Hemming, John Liberal Democrats Birmingham Yardley 13.03.2012
Heyes, David Labour Party Ashton under Lyne 27.03.2012
Hoey, Kate Labour Party Vauxhall 30.04.2012
Horwood, Martin Liberal Democrats Cheltenham 18.04.2012
Huppert, Julian Liberal Democrats Cambridge 26.03.2012
Jackson, Glenda Labour Party Hampstead and Kilburn 21.03.2012
Leech, John Liberal Democrats Manchester Withington 20.03.2012
Meale, Alan Labour Party Mansfield 09.03.2012
Morris, David Conservative Party Morecambe and Lunesdale 16.04.2012
Roy, Lindsay Labour Party Glenrothes 19.04.2012
Russell, Bob Liberal Democrats Colchester 13.03.2012
Sanders, Adrian Liberal Democrats Torbay 17.04.2012
Smith, Nick Labour Party Blaenau Gwent 23.04.2012