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Norgrove appointed chair of Family Justice Board

David Norgrove has been appointed by the government as chair of the new Family Justice Board.

23 July 2012

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The board will focus on reducing delays across the system, helping prepare for the introduction of the statutory six-month time limit in care cases. It will also work to build cross-agency coherence, tackle variations in local performance, and ensure more private law cases are resolved out of court.

The Family Justice Board comprises senior figures representing the key organisations in the family justice system and is part of the government’s strategy to ensure better cross-system working, said a press release from the Ministry of Justice.

Family Justice Minister Jonathan Djanogly said: “I am pleased David Norgrove has been appointed as the chair of the Family Justice Board. This will be a key role in starting the immediate work on reforming our system. This is no easy job and we fully recognise that achieving any significant change is far from simple.

“The reform of family justice is a critical priority for government. Our reforms are ambitious and system wide and particularly tackle the crucial problem of delay.”

New chair David Norgrove said: “This is an opportunity for me to continue the panel’s work in reforming a system that I know can be improved to ensure better outcomes for families and importantly, for children.

“As chair of the Family Justice Board I will be working with organisations and practitioners across the country to improve performance. I believe this radical package of reforms will help children and families through cutting the current long delays and through much better support for separating couples who are sorting out their issues.”

Children’s Minister Tim Loughton said: “We need to build trust in the family justice system and end its delays, expense and bureaucracy which damage far too many children’s lives. David Norgrove did an outstanding job leading the independent family justice review which has shaped our radical reforms. He brings a wealth of experience, expertise and enthusiasm to the table – and will do an excellent job.”

The board will report on its work annually and will be supported by a network of new local family justice boards to bring together agencies and stakeholders to drive improvements locally.

The vacancy for the chair of the Family Justice Board was advertised in The Sunday Times in April. The position was advertised at “a daily rate of £400 for up to 52 days per year”. See

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