On the 16th November 2022 the Minister of Justice published the Family Justice Strategy 2022-2025. This plan was created over a period of two years by the Family Justice Oversight Group and ushers in a new era for the Family Justice System, with the needs of children at the centre thereof, giving children voices to be heard and considered, and supporting them in their own individual journey through the Family Justice System.
The strategy also aims to promote the increased use of digital solutions for families to access and legal professionals to participate in the family justice system (digitalisation), the increased use of non-court options to resolve disputes (Alternative Dispute Resolution)
New legislation will also be introduced to establish dedicated Family Courts and to formulate bespoke Rules of Court for family law proceedings.
The aforesaid reform is to be welcomed and certainly a step in the right direction.
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