McKenzie Friends Could Be Integrated Into Family Courts Under New Guidelines

Researching Reform

A newly published report looking at ways to protect vulnerable witnesses in private family law proceedings suggests closer collaboration between judges and McKenzie friends could offer a solution to the current problems.

The document, which was prepared by Family Law researchers at the Ministry of Justice, outlines several ways to protect vulnerable witnesses likely to be cross examined directly in court by their alleged abusers:

  • Making public funding available to provide the vulnerable party with an advocate
  • Greater support from judges, including relaying questions to the vulnerable witness on the alleged abuser’s behalf
  • Creating an inquisitorial system where judges are fully trained to deal with the issues involved
  • Strengthening links between the judiciary, the courts, and external organisations like McKenzie Friends and the Bar Pro Bono Unit
  • Producing a ‘Vulnerability’ assessment to best address the individual needs of each witness in a private family law case

The report also has some interesting…

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About Sabine Kurjo McNeill

I'm a mathematician and system analyst formerly at CERN in Geneva and became an event organiser, software designer, independent web publisher and online promoter of Open Justice. My most significant scientific contribution is www.smartknowledge.space
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2 Responses to McKenzie Friends Could Be Integrated Into Family Courts Under New Guidelines

  1. ANN ZIDE says:

    l lost 2 Children out of 3 to Forced Adoption Uk.
    Even though my children are now Adults.
    Social Services are Concealing evidence against me.
    Blocking a Birth mom and Older Sister from any Contact;Gifts;Stopping letter box.
    Through there own failings.
    Refusing letting my Grown up children know were there mums living.
    Every thing as been a no for there Mum concerning my children.
    Its a cruel society.

    Even thou l have been to serval solicitors etc.
    just to be ignored.
    Hope you can please help my eldest daughter and l.

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