For immediate release 04/08/2017
Families Need Fathers (FNF) the UK's leading shared parenting charity are today releasing the transcript of Sir James Munby's speech at FNF’s recent 2017 annual conference.
In his judgment published yesterday, Sir James said in the case of child 'X' “we, the system, society, the state … will have blood on our hands”.
At our conference, Sir James – President of the Family Division - went further, identifying many flaws in family justice itself that must be fixed. He observed:
that 'family courts are [becoming] a lawyer-free zone'
(More and more people are forced to represent themselves if they can’t afford lawyers)
that we need to recognise 'the reality of parental alienation'
(Children are being deprived of a parent by the other parent’s malicious or undermining behaviour)
‘One of the greatest vices of the system… is the unfounded allegation [of violence/abuse] which festers around and poisons the process.‘
‘we know that people game the system, and the classic example of that is one of the bits of LASPO [Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012] is you do get legal aid if there’s an allegation of domestic violence…’
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