Constitutional Affairs Committee

Press notice 18 of Session 2003-04     5 November 2004 

Evidence Sessions

Committee Office, House of Commons, 7 Millbank, London SW1P 3JA

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Family Justice: The Family Courts

The Constitutional Affairs Committee will hold the first of a number of evidence sessions on: Family Justice:  the family courts on Tuesday 9 November.

The Committee announced this inquiry on 20 September 2004 ( Press Notice 17, Session 2003-04), available on the Press Notice page of the Committee's website at:

Key areas to be investigated are:

• whether the family court system is being run effectively

• whether family court judges have sufficient powers

• issues surrounding delays caused by the current system

• whether people using family courts are getting the service they deserve

Details of the evidence sessions are as follows:

Tuesday 9 November
9.30 am
   Rt Hon Dame Elizabeth Butler-Sloss DBE, President of the Family Division, Rt Hon Lord Justice Wall and Hon Mr Justice Munby;

10.15 am (approx.) HHJ Meston QC, a Circuit Judge from the Western Circuit, District Judge Michael Walker, Honorary Secretary of the Association of District Judges and District Judge Nicholas Crichton, Inner London and City Family Proceedings Court

Tuesday 7 December
9.30 am 
The Law Society;  Family Law Bar Association;  Solicitors Family Law Association

Tuesday 14 December
9.30 am
Women's Aid;  NSPCC;  Mavis Maclean and John Eekelaar (academic commentators); CAFCASS

Tuesday 11 January 2005
9.30 am
NCH and other witnesses (to be confirmed)

Details of the sessions will appear on the Committees website at:

A copy of the transcripts of evidence will be available as soon as practicable on the Reports and Publications page of the Committee's website at:


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