Mr Justice Ryder's report into the modernisation of Family Justice is published today (Tuesday) containing a series of proposals to improve the workings of Family Courts.

His recommendations have been endorsed by the Lord Chief Justice and are intended to change the culture of the family courts for the children and families themselves, for judges, lawyers, social workers, Cafcass and social workers.

They include proposals to manage cases closely, identifying the key issues and making sure timetables are followed; a single family court unifying the various courts from Magistrates upwards. Experts will be scrutinised more carefully.

The reforms introduced by the judges do not need legislation, but will be introduced in parallel to proposed changes in legislation by the Government.

Mr Justice Ryder was appointed in November following the Family Justice Review, with a brief to make recommendations by the end of July after months of wide-ranging consultation.

In his introduction he says:"The judicial family justice modernisation programme reflects a consensus for change among judges and professionals."

For further details contact the Judicial Press Office on: 020 7073 4852

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