Access To Judges For Children In Family Court

Natasha Phillips made this Freedom of Information request to Ministry of Justice

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Dear Ministry of Justice,

In 2014, the government pledged to make sure that children as young as ten involved in Family Court proceedings could have access to judges in order to share their wishes and feelings about their case.

Could the MOJ provide data on the following:

- How was this pledge implemented in practice (policy documents/judicial guidelines/practice directions etc)?

- How many judges or courts were contacted/ informed about this policy decision?

- Since 2014, how many children used this policy and spoke to a judge about their wishes and feelings?

- Where children spoke to judges, how were their wishes and feelings recorded?

Yours faithfully,

Natasha Phillips
Researching Reform

Lee, Tessa, Ministry of Justice

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Dear Natasha

 

Please see attached acknowledgement letter regarding your request for
information from the Ministry of Justice.

 

Kind Regards

 

Tessa

 

Tessa Lee

 

Family Justice Policy – Mental Capacity

Access to Justice Directorate, Ministry of Justice

102 Petty France, London SW1H 9AJ

 

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Dear Natasha

 

Please see the attached response to your Freedom of Information Request
regarding access to judges for children in Family Court.

 

 

Kind Regards

 

Tessa

 

Tessa Lee

 

Tel: 0203 334 3029

Family Justice Policy – Mental Capacity

Access to Justice Directorate, Ministry of Justice

102 Petty France, London SW1H 9AJ

 

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