HMCTS and Domestic Violence

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Earlier today Sir James Munby, President of the Family Division released a document entitled “President of Family Division circular: Practice Direction PD12J – Domestic Abuse”
Link to Judiciary publications

In this document Sir James Munby goes on to say:

“I would expect the judiciary to receive high quality and up-to-date training in domestic violence and it is the responsibility of the Judicial College to deliver this.” The Judicial College has risen to the challenge, as many judges will already have experienced, and I am confident that it will continue to do so.

 

Domestic abuse in all its many forms, and whether directed at women, at men, or at children, continues, more than forty years after the enactment of the Domestic Violence and Matrimonial Proceedings Act 1976, to be a scourge on our society. Judges and everyone else in the family system need to be alert to the problems and appropriately focused on the available remedies. PD12J plays a vital part.”

On this basis we have made a request for additional information as follows:

Please could you provide a list of training courses, offline and online that are available to the Judiciary through the Judicial College as described and referenced by Sir James Munby above.

We will update this page when the answers arrive.

In a Family Law system designed for combative parents there is no real allowance for the views of children and any understanding of how Family Law ultimately impacts on children most of all.

We speak for the children in Family Law so that, finally, the children have a voice.

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