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Identity crisis in the family courts? Different approaches in England and Wales and Australia

Doughty, Julie ORCID: 2009. Identity crisis in the family courts? Different approaches in England and Wales and Australia. Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law 31 (3) , pp. 231-243.

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This article compares the role of family courts in England and Wales with those of Australia. The role now undertaken by the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass) has been welcomed by the courts, but there has been continuous tension between the legal and social welfare functions of the family justice system. Cafcass has recently tried to remedy this by diverting cases away from formal hearings into a conflict resolution process, but this raises issues of legitimacy and has not been accepted by lawyers or the general public. Recent reforms in Australia, by structurally dividing public and private law, may have achieved a workable consensus that prioritises non-legal resolution over adjudication, which the author argues should be worth considering as a solution in England and Wales.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Law
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: CAFCASS; conflict management; families; Family Courts; family law; family support; law; legal proceedings; mediation
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
ISSN: 0964-9069
Last Modified: 18 Oct 2022 14:17

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