Parenting NI responds to Lord Justice Gillen’s review of civil and family justice, delivered at the Royal Court in Belfast.
Charlene Brooks, CEO of Parenting NI said,
“Parenting NI wholeheartedly welcomes the Lord Justice’s timely review of family justice. Obviously, this was a wide-ranging and detailed review but what is clear is the desperate need for reform of family justice.
The encouragement of mediation for separated parents as well as the general desire to avoid confrontational legal battles is to be welcomed. Parents have told us every day about the devastating effects such difficult proceedings have on themselves and on their children.
The recognition by the Lord Justice that the best way to ensure the safety and best interests of children are met is by supporting parents is heartening.
Regardless of the current political deadlock, I am calling on those in places of power to ensure this review does not sit collecting dust on a shelf. It needs to be implemented as soon as is practical to make an immediate impact on the lives of families.”