Family lawyers voice concerns over domestic violence review

29 May 2019

Two family law solicitors have co-ordinated a letter, signed by 37 experts, challenging the extent of the Ministry of Justice’s (MoJ) recent decision to review how the family courts deal with victims of domestic violence.

Ben Hoare Bell partner Cris McCurley and Beck Fitzgerald director Jenny Beck, along with others including victims commissioner Dame Vera Baird QC, have written to the justice secretary David Guake to say three months is insufficient time for proper scrutiny.

“Twelve weeks is not enough time to properly evaluate the reasons why the system is currently placing children and victims at unacceptable risk. Any inquiry must be independent if justice is to be seen to be done”, the letter said.

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