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Minister sets out plans to support mediation in family law disputes
Jonathan Djanogly outlines move away from court resolutions
In a speech at the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution's 20th Anniversary awards, Jonathan Djanogly, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Ministry of Justice, set out the government's plans to support mediation as a form of dispute resolution for a variety of disputes, including family disputes.
'We need to work together to build the case for mediation and other forms of dispute resolution so that it is adopted by the many and not just the few.
'It is true that court is still often viewed as the place to resolve conflict.
'But I think we're beginning to see a shift.'
'Awareness of mediation is growing, albeit slowly, and with the financial situation forcing us all to tighten our belts, the benefits of avoiding costly, distressing court actions cannot be overplayed.'
The speech can be read in full at http://www.justice.gov.uk/news/sp171110.htm.
APPG on Family Law meets to discuss The Family Justice Review
Meeting to take place on 30th November
The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Family Law and the Court of Protection is holding its second meeting on 'The Family Justice Review in Action'.
The meeting will take place on Tuesday 30th November, in Committee Room 9 at the Palace of Westminster.
The Group has invited as guest speakers for this event: Family Justice Review Panel Members, David Norgrove, chair of the Family Justice Review, Councillor the Baroness Ritchie, chair of the Local Government Association Children and Young People Board and lead member for children in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, and John Coughlan, Director of Children's Services for Hampshire County Council