Harlow MP Robert Halfon continues to campaign for resident over experiences in family courts

News / Thu 4th Feb 2021 am28 11:26am

HARLOW MP Robert Halfon rose on the floor of the House of Commons (virtually) to plead the case of a Harlow resident Charlotte Budd and her experiences at the hands of family courts.

Robert Halfon said:

“Harlow resident Charlotte Budd, who is a survivor of domestic abuse, suffered a great deal from her experiences in the family court system. I would be grateful if my right hon. and learned Friend could provide an update on what steps the Government are taking to address the concerns brought to light by the Ministry of Justice report on assessing the risk of harm to children and parents in private law children cases.

Will he also explain what measures the Government are taking to make certain that the correct guidance and education is in place for members of our judiciary in dealing with domestic abuse cases such as that of Charlotte Budd?

Alex Chalk, Under-Secretary of State for Justice said:

“I am grateful to my right hon. Friend for raising that point so perfectly on behalf of his constituent.

Good progress is being made following the expert panel’s report. First, we have launched a review into the presumption of parental involvement.

Secondly, the design of the pilot integrated domestic abuse courts is under way.

Thirdly, measures in the Domestic Abuse Bill to provide further protection to victims and survivors who use the family courts are passing through the other place.

“Guidance is a matter for the judiciary, but I have raised this with the president of the family division and he is very much seized of it and will consider making recommendations on judicial training to the judicial college in light of the recommendations of the harms panel and other developments”.

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1 Comment for Harlow MP Robert Halfon continues to campaign for resident over experiences in family courts:

2021-02-04 13:43:03

Very Well done Charlotte, the Campaign group & Robert. To speak out against "the establishment" running a broken system takes much courage, character and determination.

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