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Family Justice Modernisation Strategy

Family Justice Modernisation Strategy

The Scottish Government is preparing a Family Justice Modernisation Strategy.  The strategy will address issues such as delays and the way the voice of the child is heard.

The strategy is a wide ranging piece of work, covering both private cases, such as disputes between parents, and public cases, such as those where the local authority or children’s panel is involved in a child’s life.  It involves various bodies across the legal system, including the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service and the Family Law Committee of the Scottish Civil Justice Council.

Our work on the strategy is linked to our review of the Children (Scotland) Act 1995.  After the consultation we are holding as part of the review, we intend to publish a Family Justice Modernisation Strategy outlining existing work to improve how family cases are dealt with and further work planned.

The Scottish Government has initiated two significant pieces of work on the strategy – one on the voice of the child in family cases, and one on case management in family actions.  We have tabled policy papers on these topics at meetings of the Family Law Committee of the Scottish Civil Justice Council.  The Committee is now taking these pieces of work forward.

We held a summit on 17 March 2016 to help inform the Strategy.  We have published the responses from the summit.