New Funding for Family Justice Research

07 June 2018 Written by Family Law Caithness Category: News

The Scottish Government has announced it is providing funding for research into the family justice system to help improve understanding of the barriers to children’s views being heard in family law cases. The projects will be led by researchers from Stirling and Glasgow universities. 

The first project, which will be guided by an expert group of young people, will identify the challenges and explore the implications for children’s rights where the child’s voice is not heard in family actions. Researchers will also consider how the approaches of other countries could be translated into a Scottish context.

The second project will focus on legal professionals’ understanding of domestic abuse and its implications in child contact cases, exploring the interaction between the criminal and civil justice systems.

“We want to improve people’s experience of the family justice system and these research projects will help us to understand the changes needed to ensure it is fit for the 21st century,” explained Legal Affairs Minister Annabelle Ewing. “It is important that we address the barriers to children’s involvement in family law cases and build a greater understanding of the impact of domestic abuse proceedings on the handling of child contact cases.”

“Findings from this research will also inform next steps following our consultation on a review of family law in Scotland,” she added.

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