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Reforms to Family justice system made by previous government to be reviewed

05 April 2018

Sweeping reforms to the family justice system that were made by the previous National led Government are to be reviewed.

At the time, the previous Justice Minister, Amy Adams said the changes were needed to meet the needs of 21st Century families.

“Our reforms have worked to deliver a more modern, accessible family justice system that encourages parents to reach out-of-court agreements about arrangements for the care of their children,” Ms Adams said.

However, a RNZ news report today casts doubt over the effectiveness of some of those controversial changes, including ‘Without Notice’ applications.

Justice Minister, Andrew Little has told RNZ that getting lawyers out of family disputes do not seem to have worked and children were suffering.

The Minister plans to set up a panel and an expert advisory group to review the family justice system reforms.

The Chief District Court Judge, Jan-Marie Doogue also weighed into the issue on Morning Report today, saying Judges have been unfairly blamed for delays in the Family Court.

Meanwhile, on 13 April the Family Law Section of the New Zealand Law Society is hosting an event with Minister of Justice, Andrew Little, in Auckland.

It's an opportunity for family lawyers to share their thoughts and ideas on improving the family justice system. Both the Law Society President, Kathryn Beck and Family Law Section Chair Kirsty Swadling will facilitate the evening. Lawyers who attend will be able to ask questions from the floor to the Minister.

Last updated on the 16th September 2019