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Revolutionising family justice: £170 million investment aims to expedite resolutions and enhance public safety

Revolutionising family justice: £170 million investment aims to expedite resolutions and enhance public safety


A £170 million boost into the justice system promises faster family dispute resolutions, leveraging technology and support

In a landmark move, the Ministry of Justice, led by The Rt Hon Alex Chalk KC MP, announced a substantial injection of £170 million into the justice system, with a significant portion dedicated to resolving family disputes more efficiently. The latest investment, unveiled in the Spring Budget, allocates £56 million to provide families with early legal advice, aiming to alleviate the stress associated with court proceedings.

The primary objective is to empower families to settle disputes away from courtrooms, offering timely interventions, especially in cases involving child arrangements. This initiative aligns with a broader strategy to streamline processes, enhance efficiency, and infuse modern technology into the justice system.

Part of the investment will bolster the integration of cutting-edge technology and artificial intelligence, signalling a digitisation drive to optimise productivity and deliver better value to taxpayers. Among the advancements is the streamlining of probation processes, allowing for more effective public protection and risk assessment of offenders. Additionally, a new online system for prison staff is set to expedite administrative tasks, further contributing to the overall efficiency of the justice system.

The funding also addresses the critical issue of safeguarding vulnerable families, particularly those facing serious concerns such as domestic abuse and child safety. An innovative model will be expanded to provide increased support and foster a less adversarial approach within family courts, emphasising the well-being of all involved parties.

Lord Chancellor and Justice Secretary, Alex Chalk, highlighted the multifaceted benefits of this investment. He emphasised that the infusion of funds would not only facilitate early dispute resolution for families but also harness the power of technology to minimise reoffending, enhance public safety, and deliver better value for taxpayers.

As part of this comprehensive investment, £100 million will be directed towards measures within prisons, focusing on rehabilitation and crime reduction. Initiatives supporting offenders in finding employment upon release, along with increased staffing and refurbishment of essential workshops, aim to equip prisoners with skills that steer them away from a life of crime.

The Lord Chancellor expressed confidence that this substantial investment would play a pivotal role in achieving the government's broader plan to deliver up to £1.8 billion worth of benefits by 2029 through a total investment of £800 million. The announcement underscores the government's commitment to modernise the justice system, offering tangible improvements for families, society, and the efficient allocation of public resources.